National Weather Summary for Thursday, January 18, 2018
by David Moran, on Jan 18, 2018 10:31:58 AM
Snow is expected for portions of the Rockies Friday through early Sunday behind a cold front.
- Snow for the Rockies Friday through Early Sunday
Snow for the Rockies Friday through Early Sunday
A cold front will move through the Rockies on Friday allowing for the development of light snow. Plentiful low to mid level moisture streaming northward will lead to snow through early Sunday. Across Utah, snow accumulations of 4-6 inches are forecast in the valleys and close to two feet in the higher elevations. Winds will range 15-20 mph in the valleys and 30-40 mph in the higher elevations, limiting visibilities at times. Further to the northeast across Wyoming, accumulations of 3-5 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 6 inches are expected for the valleys. In the higher elevations, snowfall amounts will range 6-8 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 10 inches. Winds in excess of 15 mph in the valleys and 25 mph in the mountains will reduce visibilities at times.
Major Cities in Region: Salt Lake City, UT, Casper, WY
WDT Winter Weather Outlooks for Friday through Sunday
A Look Ahead
A surface low is forecast to develop over southwestern Kansas and track northeastward through the day on Sunday. To the north and west of the area of low pressure, heavy snowfall is likely across portions of South Dakota and Nebraska. On Monday, the area of low pressure will continue to develop over the Central Plains as it moves into the Midwest. While precipitation will begin as rain and freezing rain, precipitation is expected to change over to snow as the low lifts to the northeast. Total snowfall accumulations of 6-10 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 12 inches are forecast.
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