Cool and unsettled weather is expected to move into northern Utah Friday on the heels of a cold front that will dot the Wasatch Front with showers and thundershowers, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.

Alder said the mountains are expected to get accumulations of up to a foot of new snow as a series of storms move through the area. By Saturday, some of that snow may work itself into valley areas. Travel conditions should not be greatly affected, although Alder said there could be some slushy roads in higher-elevation areas such as Parleys Summit, Soldier Summit and Sardine Canyon.While the cooler weather will put a damper on the surging numbers of spring fever cases, Alder said the mountain snow pack will benefit from the added precipitation. He said snow pack reports are very near normal for most of the northern Utah area.

"The snow pack generally peaks by about April 1, so we're almost there," Alder said. "It looks like the reservoirs will be in better shape than last year, although there will still be a few that don't completely fill."