Putting the wraps on the winter season, welcoming warmer weather

Apr 4, 2023, 9:30 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2024, 2:56 pm

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FILE: Natalia Trofimov cleans snow off her car following a snowstorm in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Mornings like this will be coming to end for the foreseeable future as KSL-TV meteorologist Kevin Eubank says Salt Lake City should climb into the 60s by Easter, while St. George will be in the 80s. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The long, drawn-out winter season appears to be finally coming to an end. 

KSL-TV meteorologist Kevin Eubank told Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on Tuesday the most recent snowstorm to cause havoc in the state is expected to clear out by Wednesday evening. And that will lead to the arrival of some warmer temperatures.

The end of winter season is approaching

“Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel is going to allow us to get a bit of a break,” Eubank said. “And finally, a warm-up.”

However, Eubank says there is still one more night to get through with the snow.

“Tonight, we get another burst of snow, 1 to 3 inches in the valleys,” he said. “Lasting overnight into tomorrow morning’s commute.”

Eubank says by noon on Wednesday the storm turns to rain. And by the afternoon, the storm is gone. 

Caplan asked, what are drivers are going to experience Wednesday morning?

“Tomorrow morning’s commute will be snowy,” Eubank said. “But not as bad as (Tuesday) morning’s commute.”

He says the reason for this is a combination of a lake effect bands and a northwesterly flow. Eubank says areas from Ogden to the Point of the Mountain have the best chance for snow Wednesday morning. He says accumulations will range between 1 to 3 inches of snow.

“Not as big as it’s been the last couple of days,” Eubank said. “And it’s the last little gasp we have in this engine.”

Eubank says things begin to turn warm just in time for Easter weekend. He says Salt Lake City will see a high of 65 on Sunday, while St. George will rise into the 80s with a high of 82. Additionally, he says Salt Lake City will crack the 70s next week for the first time this season.

How warm is too warm?

With warmer temperatures on the way, Caplan asked, “Now, as much as we want it to warm up, there is such a thing as too warm. With all that snow waiting in the mountains, when you talk about the sixties, is that too warm?”

“It’s not,” Eubank said. “Sixties and seventies are manageable as long as they’re not prolonged. So, if we get them in a couple of day spurts, it’s exactly what we want.”

Eubank says that if Salt Lake City were to get into the 80s, then that might be a different story. However, he says that the 80s aren’t in the forecast for Salt Lake City.

Eubank says Utah has never had this much snow or water in its mountains, so people need to prepare for what may come later this spring.

“So, areas that have flooded in the past or are prone to flooding, they’re going flood again,” he said. “So, you got to make sure you are prepared in those areas. It’s almost inevitable. Now, how big it is and how severe it will be, well, that’s yet to be seen. But be prepared.”

Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News can be heard on weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Putting the wraps on the winter season, welcoming warmer weather