Storm dumps heavy snow on Salt Lake City overnight

SALT LAKE CITY — A powerful winter storm has produced heavy snow in the Salt Lake City area on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

About 7 inches had fallen in Salt Lake City as of 9 a.m. Snowfall was varied in the Salt Lake Valley on Sunday, from less than an inch in Herriman to 15 inches in the Olympus Cove area on the east side of the valley, according to the weather service.

Agency officials reported on Twitter that 5.1 inches of snow had fallen at their office near the Salt Lake City Airport. By 7:45 a.m., 2.5 inches of snow had fallen in the last three hours, the weather service said.

Here are the latest precip totals as of 9 AM. We will continue to update this as the day progresses and more reports are entered. #utwx

— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) March 4, 2018

Elsewhere in Utah, Provo had 8.5 inches of snow and Logan had 8 inches. Ogden had mostly rain, with about .15 inches of precipitation at Ogden-Hinckley airport, the weather service said.

In southern Utah, Cedar City had just over 2 inches of snow, while Beaver had 7 inches at 9 a.m., the weather service said.

Ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons were reporting 10-12 inches of snow from the storm. Both canyons were backed up with heavy snow traffic, Unified police said on Twitter.

Multiple crashes were being reported throughout the morning on I-80, I-15 and I-215 in and around Salt Lake City, Utah Department of Transportation said. In southern Utah, state Route 143 was closed south of Brian Head from mile post 17 to 27, UDOT said.

The Salt Lake City Airport had seen minor flight delays on Sunday morning due to plane de-icing, airport officials said on Twitter.

Snow removal crews on the job @Slcairport. Outbound flight delays due primarily to aircraft waiting for deice pads. If picking up passengers, be sure to check with the airline for possible delays. Thanks for your patience and safe travels.

— SaltLakeCityAirport (@slcairport) March 4, 2018

High-elevation terrain has seen more than a foot of snow in the Salt Lake area mountains, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. Avalanche danger is high in those areas, and they should be avoided, the avalanche center said.

At middle and lower elevations in the Salt Lake area mountains, the avalanche danger is considerable.

Dangerous avalanche conditions also were present in the mountains near Logan, according to the avalanche center.

This story will be updated throughout the day. Visit the KSL Weather Center for the latest updates, and keep an eye on KSL’s weather alerts page for up-to-date information.


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