Some residents were wondering if winter still lingered as a spring storm moved into Utah Tuesday night and early Wednesday, leaving substantial amounts of snow or rain in some areas.
As of midmorning Wednesday, Sandy and the Point of the Mountain areas in Salt Lake County had received 2 inches of snow; Tooele, 4 inches; Snowbird and Alta, 6; Solitude, 7; and West Valley, 1."It's not a blizzard, but the snow is really swirling around. It is snowing steadily in the Tooele area," said Deseret News staffer Joe Liddell from his home in Tooele at 8:15 a.m.
By 9:45 a.m. the storm had caused a number of problems in Little Cottonwood Canyon, where some motorists were losing control of their vehicles and causing tie-ups in traffic moving in and out of the canyon, said a Salt Lake County sheriff's dispatcher.
Shortly before 10 a.m., the Utah Highway Patrol reported that highways were snowpacked and sloppy in some areas. "We've got lots of fender benders," a dispatcher said.
Before 8 a.m. the patrol reported that graders were plowing the highway in Spanish Fork and Parleys canyons.
Wednesday's main snowstorm moved across the northern part of the state, with scattered areas of rain or snow spreading into the south. Showers - mostly snow - are expected to continue through Wednesday night.
Additional valley accumulations in the north will generally be 1 to 2 inches. However, enhancement of snow squalls off mainly the south and southeast shores of the Great Salt Lake will produce heavier amounts. Another 4 to 6 inches or more of snow are expected in the mountains, said National Weather Service meteorologist William J. Alder.
The cold air mass raises concern for the fruit crop. Temperatures in growing areas along the Wasatch Front will be near or below damaging levels Thursday and Friday mornings, Alder said.