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Rain And Snow From Massive Cold Front Covers Utah

National Weather Service, NOAA
Thursday's moisture picture showing major storm system heading into Utah from the Pacific Northwest.

National Weather Service officials are warning northern Utah residents to brace for a cold front with heavy rain in the valleys and up to 10 inches of snow above 7500 feet. Monica Traphagan of the weather service’s Salt Lake City office says southern and eastern Utah including Zion National Park, the Short Creek area, Capitol Reef, Price and Sunnyside have all had heavy rain and some flooding.

“We’ve got this big storm system that’s coming in from the Pacific Northwest and that’s going to bring a cold front through, significantly cool down temperatures and ahead of the system we already have a very moist air mass in place.”

As the storm path widens, Traphagan says northern Utah including the Wasatch Front could get more than an inch of rain over the 36-hour period.

“And much cooler temperatures, you know, our high in Salt Lake City tomorrow is going to be around 50. Which is about 30 degrees cooler than normal and about, almost 40 degrees cooler than what the high was yesterday.”

Traphagan says it won’t be wet all weekend. She says by Sunday a warming trend returns and by Wednesday it’ll warm into the mid-seventies.   

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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