Impending storm strengthens, upgrading Summit County to a winter weather advisory as deeper snow totals are expected

Low-hanging clouds fall on the Tenmile Range on Jan. 12, 2023.
Robert Tann/Summit Daily News

Single-digit snow total forecasts issued by National Weather Service meteorologists on Monday are now pushing into the double digits for Summit County as of noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17. 

The second in a string of three storms could now drop up to 12 inches of fresh powder between Tuesday evening and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, according to National Weather Service reports. The 35 mph winds, heavy snowfall and potential hazardous travel conditions have placed Summit County under a winter weather advisory until Wednesday evening. 

“Snow will be heavy at times overnight and into early Wednesday morning, then taper off in the afternoon from west to east,” the Tuesday advisory states. “Expect difficult overnight travel, with treacherous conditions continuing through Wednesday.

OpenSnow founder Joel Gratz said in a blog post the snowfall that heavily favors southern mountains is expected to shift and favor northern mountains, like those of Summit County, as the wind direction begins to change over Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. 

“It’s likely that Wednesday will be a powder day for most non-southern mountains with snow getting deeper throughout the day,” Gratz wrote.

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