The storm arrived in Utah a little late - but better late than never.
And it had William J. Alder and other meteorologists at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service singing the praises of Mother Nature.The storm left substantial amounts of snow in the mountains, including 13 inches at the Alta Guard Station, 11 inches at Snowbird and snow-packed roads in a number of areas of southwestern Utah.
No serious highway accidents had been reported to Utah Highway Patrol dispatchers by early Friday morning.
"It was a wonderful storm. We've talked about it so much this week. (To have the storm finally arrive) makes today a good Friday. The storm was a little slow coming in, but once it got here it did its thing. It's a good way to start November. We really need a wet water year," Alder said.
The storm hit mainly the western part of the state and the mountains. Little moisture reached the Uintah Basin or the Price or Four Corners areas, Alder said.
As of 7:30 a.m. Friday, snow levels had dropped to about the 4,800-foot elevation along the Wasatch Front. It was snowing along bench areas on the east and west sides of the valley, Alder said.
As of 7 a.m., 2 inches of snow was reported at the Cedar City airport (5,600 feet elevation) and 6 inches in the downtown area.
A half-inch of snow was reported at Milford and in Richfield, while about a quarter-inch had fallen at the 5,000-foot level in Sandy. Tooele got an inch.
As early as Thursday afternoon, snow was reported along the benches in Sandy, on the upper Avenues in Salt Lake City and in Cache Valley.
A Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher in Cedar City said roads were snow-packed early Friday on U-14 between Cedar City and U.S. 89 (Long Valley Junction), Kane County; U-143 from Parowan to Brian Head; U-20 between I-15 and U.S. 89 in northwestern Iron County; and U-153 from Beaver to Elk Meadows ski area in Beaver County.
A patrol dispatcher in Draper said it was snowing lightly at 7 a.m. at the Point of the Mountain in south Salt Lake County. In Parleys Canyon, I-80 was mainly wet. Snow was not sticking to the highway, a dispatcher said.
The snowstorm delighted skiers hoping for substantial amounts of snow in time for Thanksgiving and raised the hopes of officials concerned about water supplies in many areas of drought-stricken Utah.
Here are water amounts tallied as of early Friday: 0.35 of an inch at the Salt Lake International Airport; 0.57, Holladay; 1.02, Draper; 0.43, North Salt Lake; 0.79, mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon; 0.29, Ogden; 0.78, Tooele; 0.39, Logan; 0.37, Spanish Fork; 0.20, Brigham City; 0.50, West Valley City; 0.29, Ogden; 0.20, Mountain Dell Reservoir area; 0.24, Cedar City Airport; 0.14, Hill Air Force Base; 0.24, Layton; 0.06, Richfield.
A snow advisory was issued early Friday for all of southwestern Utah above the 4,000-foot elevation (except the St. George area).
Partly cloudy skies were forecast for northern Utah Friday afternoon. It will be partly cloudy Saturday and mostly fair Sunday.
Temperatures Friday night will be in the mid-20s. High temperatures during the next two days will be in the mid-40s. The mercury might reach 50 degrees Sunday, Alder said.