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winter weather

Photo of a wolverine
National Park Service

Monday evening, Feb. 3, 2020

The West’s water security is wrapped up in snow. When it melts, it becomes drinking and irrigation water for millions throughout the region. A high snowpack lets farmers, skiers and water managers breathe a sigh of relief, while a low one can spell long-term trouble.

Shoppers walk the mall during Black Friday.
David Fuchs / KUER

Friday afternoon, November 29, 2019

Photo of the Wasatch mountains covered in snow.
Brian Albers / KUER

Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019

Photo of snow falling on road up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

The Utah Transit Authority and the Central Wasatch Commission are continuing the effort to reduce winter congestion in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. On Monday, they announced public transportation improvements they say could help get drivers out of their cars and into buses.

Mountain road covered in snow.
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

Monday morning, November 25, 2019

Snow brims the road on a blue sky day outside Bryce Canyon.
iStock.com / OceanFishing

Winter Driving Conditions

Navigating mountain passes and high elevation roads will be tricky for motorists through the day today. The Utah Highway Patrol reported four rollovers in Salt Lake City, Summit County and on in southern Utah yesterday. The state Department of Transportation says a winter storm continues to affect parts of the state. 

Photo of a sign listing the distance to Brighton Resort.
Jon Reed / KUER

Utah’s ski season officially began Tuesday as Brighton Resort opened with two lifts and about 12 inches of mostly man-made snow.

Much of the Mountain West saw record breaking snowfall last year which was great news for the mountain resort industry. This year's snowfall may be less intense. 

Photo of closed terrain at ski resort.
Chelsea Naughton / KUER

A new report says climate change is hurting the ski industry, and a climate advocacy group says the Mountain West is particularly vulnerable.

Screenshot from Brighton's webcam.

Utah often has skiing weather by Thanksgiving. But this year it’s been closer to shorts weather, thanks to unusually high temperatures that dragged on even into the final week of the month.

Winter Weather Causes Havoc on Utah Roadways

Dec 26, 2014
Brian Grimmett

A winter storm brought a white Christmas to many Utahns, but it also caused havoc on the roads. The Utah Highway Patrol is reporting that on Christmas day there were 63 accidents in Salt Lake County, 61 in Utah County, and 16 in Davis County.

SLC Airport Ready for Winter Storms

Dec 24, 2014
Brian Grimmett

As holiday travel ramps up, thousands of people will come and go using Salt Lake City International Airport. If handling the increased volume isn’t hard enough, airport employees often have to deal with severe winter weather as well.

UDOT Tow Plow Drivers Are "Best of the Best"

Nov 25, 2014
Brian Grimmett

As winter weather nears, Utah Department of Transportation tow plow truck drivers are preparing to tackle snow when it falls.

A tow plow is a 30 ft long trailer that a regular plow truck pulls. It works by swinging out into another lane, effectively doubling the amount of snow a plow can move. It’s also one of the most difficult things to drive on the road.

“You know, you’ve got your front plow, your sanders, your spreaders, the tow plow, you’re shifting gears.”