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Winter storm hits fast, hard in Utah along the Wasatch Front

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Within the next 48 hours, a significant winter storm will hit the entire state of Utah. (Photo: Screen grab from KUTV broadcast)

A significant winter storm is hitting the entire state of Utah this Tuesday afternoon.

The University of Utah Weather Center posted a time-lapse video on Twitter showing the cold front moving into the valley for the past two hours.

High temperature was already observed this morning after midnight at 39 degrees. Temperature is expected to drop near 25 degrees behind the front with snow likely, the Ute Weather Center said.

During Tuesday's morning commute along the Wasatch Front, expect wet roads, wind and scattered rain showers.

Scattered snow storms are currently hitting southeastern Utah. Expect slick road conditions from Cedar City to Beaver on Interstate 15 and in mountain areas.

By Tuesday afternoon, the rain will turn to snow along the Wasatch Front.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, scattered, heavy snow showers will dump as much as seven inches along the Wasatch Front and in valley areas. This will make for a snowy and slushy commute in the evening and morning.

Mountains could see as much as 20 inches of snow.

Winter weather advisories have been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday.

As the storm moves in, it's already impacting mountain areas. Little Cottonwood Canyon will be closed for avalanche control and an interlodge went into effect in Alta. Both will be lifted between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

An avalanche warning has been issued by the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) for the Wasatch, Western Uinta and Bear River Mountains. It will be in effect until 6 a.m. on Wednesday. UAC reports avalanche danger is high because of heavy snow and strong winds.

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