Get out your snow shovels and snow blowers again. Winter is returning to Utah, but it may die down by Saturday.
All the ingredients were present Thursday for another storm: rapidly falling barometric pressures, lots of tropical moisture and cold air."You put all those ingredients into one pot, and it looks like a major winter storm is on the way," said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.
Early Thursday, strong winds barreled across some areas, with Cedar City reporting peaks of 55-mph 55 mph and the Salt Lake International Airport, 38-mph gusts.
Alder said the mountains should receive 2 or more feet of new snow. Most western valleys will receive 3 to 6 inches of snow but some areas may have 8 inches by late Friday.
Temperatures will drop from a high of about 60 degrees Thursday to around 40 Friday.
"(A lot of the bad weather) will move out of the area by Saturday, but it will still be cold," Alder said.