Northern Utah's weather forecast for the next couple of days can be summarized — or is that winterized? — in four words: snow, cold, more snow.
The first part of the forecast came true this morning, when a storm front moved in. Snowfall in northern Utah's valleys should total 2 to 6 inches before it tapers off and ends with scattered snow showers in the afternoon.
The snow timed perfectly with the morning commute, causing numerous accidents all along the Wasatch Front.
One of the most serious accidents was just after 9 a.m. near the Point of the Mountain when a car rolled on I-15 near 14600 South. The driver was partially ejected and her car landed on top of her. The woman, 37, was in critical condition at a local hospital Friday morning, said Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Doug McCleve. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Northbound I-15 was shut down for about two hours while emergency crews handled that accident.
Eastbound I-80 through Parley's Canyon was also closed Friday morning because of heavy snow. One lane of westbound I-80 was shut down near the summit because of a jackknifed semi-truck just before 11 a.m.
"Southern Utah is not really getting anything out of this event, as far as snowfall" is concerned, said meteorologist Chris Maier of the National Weather Service forecast office on North Temple. But in northern mountains, accumulations could reach 6 to 12 inches.
Tonight the region will be gripped by cold temperatures, descending to about 10 degrees. Randolph, Rich County, traditionally the coldest spot in Utah, may drop to minus 25 degrees. Logan could reach "probably about 10 below zero."
Then on Saturday evening, another storm system will slide in, giving the north "another quick shot of snow." Accumulations should be about the same as Friday's.