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Winter storm blankets Utah. Here’s how much snow got dumped

Scott Walker uses his snowblower to remove snow from the sidewalks around his home in Murray as snow falls along the Wasatch Front on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
Scott Walker uses his snowblower to remove snow from the sidewalks around his home in Murray as snow falls along the Wasatch Front on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

A storm that slammed Utah Thursday and lingered into Friday dumped over 2 feet of snow in some of the state's mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service lifted all remaining winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings Friday afternoon, as the storm moves eastward.

Heavy snow totals were reported across the state, especially in the mountains. Eagle Point Resort in Beaver County led all reporting sites with 26 inches of snow, according to weather service data. Brighton Crest in Salt Lake County station received 24 inches of snow, while Silver Lake by Brighton received 19.5 inches.

In lower elevation areas, communities like Woodland Hills in Utah County received over a foot of snow, while the Bountiful Bench in Davis County received close to a foot of snow. The BYU campus in Provo received 3 inches of snow, as did Salt Lake City, at 5,088 feet elevation.

What's more, the storm carried plenty of water — an important distinction for snowpack, which is calculated by the amount of water within the fallen snow. Not all of the weather service sites indicated snow totals; some instead provided precipitation totals. Pine Creek in the Central Mountains, for example, received 3 inches of precipitation.

The statewide snowpack total is still well below normal for close to mid-December. However, it jumped from 31% of normal on Monday to 57% of normal as of 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Meanwhile, other aspects of the storm are clearing up. Most traction laws have been lifted by the Utah Department of Transportation. Approved traction devices are still required at Big Cottonwood Canyon, as of 4 p.m.

The department urged drivers to delay their travel earlier in the day due to weather conditions, as the storm lingered in the state.

"Heavy lake effect snow is causing issues on many highways in Salt Lake County. Please consider delaying travel for 2-3 hours until the snow moves out. If you have to travel, please use caution and slow down," the department tweeted in the morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed it responded to over 250 crashes between Thursday and Friday. Drivers were also warned of long delays on I-15 after a crash early Friday briefly shut down the freeway southbound at Draper.

Utah Transit Authority also lifted all its snow routes that had been put in place Friday morning.

Contributing: Ashley Imlay

Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.
Carter Williams, KSL.com