Moderate to heavy rain and plenty of snow throughout much of Utah Thursday and early Friday boosted precipitation figures for April and for the water year.
"It was a beautiful storm, greatly boosting figures along the Wasatch Front for April and the water year that began last Oct. 1," said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.The storm front, which moved through the Salt Lake area about 5 a.m. Thursday, then continued south and east during the day, left 23 inches of snow at Snowbird, containing 2.16 inches of water, and 20 inches of snow, containing 2.03 inches of water, at Alta. Sugar House measured 1.63 inches of water in 2 inches of snow.
Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the northern mountains and an inch in most northwest valleys. Provo and the area near Brigham Young University received 1 inch of snow and 0.81 of an inch of water. Nephi recorded 0.32 of an inch of precipitation and Spanish Fork 0.75.
As of early Friday the Salt Lake International Airport, which usually receives considerably less moisture than many other parts of the state, had measured a total of 1.92 inches of precipitation for April. The normal amount is 1.94 inches. For the water year, precipitation totaled 7.24 inches, compared with the normal of 10.07 inches, Alder said.
Relatively few accidents and no serious injuries were reported on the freeways and other highways by law enforcement agencies late Thursday and early Friday. But a weather-related power outage occurred in Lindon and Pleasant Grove areas of Utah County.
The power was out to about 100 homes from 5 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Wet weather caused a conductor to catch fire on a power pole at 400 North and State Street in Lindon, west of Lindon hill.
A Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher reported at 5:40 a.m. Friday that interstate highways were icy in spots during the night. Many vehicles apparently slid off the freeway near the Salt Lake International Airport.
The National Weather Service said up to 6 inches of additional snow can be expected in the northern mountains Friday. Snow in the valleys is not likely to stick for long, and amounts should be less than one inch.
The forecast for Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo is for cloudy skies, scattered snow showers and low temperature readings of 30 to 35 degrees Friday night. The chance of measurable snow was 70 percent Friday, decreasing to 50 percent Friday night and 40 percent Saturday.