Nearly every area of Utah received moisture from the storm that spread across the state on Tuesday, with water content in the snow bolstering the water outlook for the coming year.

Snow amounts ranged from an inch of snow in Price, Milford and Monticello to 13 inches in Midway, Wasatch County.And the snow generally contained a lot of water. With 0.65 of an inch of water in the snow, Tuesday was the wettest Jan. 15 on record at the Salt Lake International Airport. And with 4.8 inches of snow, Tuesday was also the day for a record Jan. 15 snowfall, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

With lots of wet snow Tuesday and freezing temperatures early Wednesday, highways again became glazed like skating rinks for motorists in areas of Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties.

Freeways were icy, and there were a few accidents Wednesday morning in the Salt Lake area, but no serious injuries resulted as of mid-Wednesday morning, a Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher said.

In Davis County it was a motorist's nightmare but a body-and-fender repairman's dream come true.Dozens of accidents, 12 in Layton alone, were reported throughout the county. None resulted in more than minor injuries, police dispatch agencies reported.

Cars slid into each other, signs, fences, snowbanks and off the road entirely as city and state highway crews spread sand and salt on icy roads, concentrating first on busy intersections.

"The tow-truck drivers are happy. The repair people are going to be happy," one dispatcher reported.

The storm "greatly helped the water situation. It cannot be considered a panacea. We need a lot of these types of storms, but the latest moisture should greatly bolster water supplies," Alder said.

Between Saturday night and early Wednesday, Park City and the Deer Valley area have received 2 feet of snow, with about 3 feet in Big Cottonwood Canyon, nearly 4 feet at Snowbird and more than 4 feet at Alta, Alder said.

Water amounts from storms since Saturday night: 6.06 inches at Alta; 5.27 inches, Snowbird.

The previous water record at the Salt Lake Airport was 0.39 of an inch on Jan. 15, 1956, with 3.5 inches of snow on Jan. 15, 1933, setting the previous record for snow.

Snowstorms lingered a little Wednesday in southern Utah. High barometric pressure and stagnant conditions will redevelop in northern Utah valleys, the Uintah Basin, Utah County and Cache Valley the rest of the week. Wednesday there were a few areas of fog, including in the Green River area, in the Uintah Basin and near Hill Air Force Base.

Temperatures will be in the mid-30s during the next two days along the Wasatch Front. The low tonight will be near 20.


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Let it snow!

Snow* Water*

Heber City 10 0.63

Orem 6 0.95

Springville 6 0.60

Holladay 6 0.92

Hogle Zoo 5 1.25

Provo-BYU 5 0.62

Spanish Fork 4 0.57

*In inches