Snow squall and thundersnow conditions likely after 4 p.m. Wednesday; Second storm Friday

PARK CITY, Utah — A winter weather advisory has been issued for Wednesday’s storm by the National Weather Service. There is a greater than 40% chance of reaching snow squall conditions, low visibility, strong winds, and bursts of snowfall. The Upper Cottonwoods could see snowfall rates reach an intensity of two inches per hour between 6 and 10 p.m.

Snowfall totals before 5 p.m. could see accumulations of two to as much as 7 inches. After 5 p.m. conditions will pick up, making a foot of snow or more possible. Evening travels are expected to be difficult, and the Utah Department of Transportation has recommended that drivers expect delays and poor road conditions. If a snow squall warning is issued, motor travel is discouraged.

There is also a risk of thundersnow, a winter snowstorm containing lightning and thunder. The storm is expected to end by sunrise on Thursday.

Later in the week will see warm and wet weather headed for the west. California and resorts to the south in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico have the potential of mixed precipitation.

For the rest of Utah, the precipitation will remain snow as the system arrives on Friday morning, according to Powderchasers. Totals could reach as much as a foot of snow, with the Cottonwoods the most likely location for high totals. Snow showers are likely to persist into Saturday morning.

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