Northern Utah has snow, southern Utah has flash flood alerts

Jan 1, 2023, 9:30 AM | Updated: Jan 16, 2023, 3:54 pm

New snow was falling again across Utah on Sunday morning, closing canyons for avalanche mitigation...

UDOT help to address avalanche mitigation in Little Cottonwood Canyon. (UDOT)


SALT LAKE CITY — The New Year continues what the end of 2022 brought to many Utahns — snow, and in southern Utah, flash flood warnings.

The flash flood warning extends until Sunday afternoon across portions of Iron, Kane, and Washington counties. The National Weather Service said that as of mid-morning on Sunday, flash flooding had already occurred.

Northern Utah woke up to several inches of snow and a winter storm warning for much of the Wasatch Front. The National Weather Service expects snow to continue in all Utah mountains through Sunday night.

By mid-morning, skiers were waiting to drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon. The canyon road was closed as UDOT conducted avalanche mitigation.

It’s been an incredible weekend for Utah ski resorts, with all resorts reporting new snow. Overnight at Brighton, the resort got 20 inches of new snow. The new snow has UDOT conducting avalanche mitigation in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

 The Utah Avalanche Center reports avalanche warnings and high danger for much of the state.

Road closures and restrictions

In Utah County, drivers on SR-92, the Alpine Scenic Highway, will need traction devices, chains, or a 4-wheel drive vehicle. 

In Salt Lake County, SR-190 and SR-210 (the Cottonwood Canyons) also require traction devices, chains, or 4-wheel drive.

In Summit County, both directions of SR-224 in Park City are closed due to inclement weather.

And in Dagget County, US-191 is closed in both directions at the Utah, Wyoming border. An estimated time of reopening is unknown.

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Northern Utah has snow, southern Utah has flash flood alerts