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.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.
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. It was snowing shortly before 10 a.m. Friday at the airport, where visibility was down to three-fourths of a mile.
Some exits to the airport were closed early Friday until road crews could complete salting and sanding operations, Salt Lake Police and patrol dispatchers said.
Parleys Canyon was closed during the night and again Friday morning after a number of traffic accdients.
The storm front, which moved through the Salt Lake area about 5 a.m. Thursday, 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, with Holladay recording almost as much, 1.57 inches of water in the same amount of snow.
Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the northern mountains and an inch in most northwest valleys.
Bountiful and the area near Lagoon received about two inches of new snow between 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Friday. Some areas in Bountiful had a total of 5 inches of snow as of 9:45.
Some areas near or adjacent to the Great Salt Lake were receiving new snow Friday morning because of what is known as the "lake effect," as colder air moved over warmer lake water, said Joe Ortiz, meteorological technician at the weather service.
As of midnight Thursday 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 through April 26 is 1.94 inches. For the water year, precipitation totaled 7.24 inches, compared with the normal of 10.07 inches through Friday, Alder said.