The National Weather Service is warning of the first significant storm of the season for the Northern Utah mountains. An unseasonably cold Pacific system is approaching the region with a robust cold front moving in this evening.Snow is expected in the mountains and the cooler temperatures will cause snow levels to drop. The winter storm warning remains in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday night through 12 noon Thursday for elevations above 8,000 feet.There is a strong chance of heavy snow for the Wasatch and Western Uinta mountains from the unseasonably Pacific storm, reaching anywhere between six and 20 inches above 8,000 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop ahead of the cold front tonight and early tomorrow morning while southwest winds will continue to gust up to 60 mph.Travelers anticipating travel over roads such as Guardsman Pass, the Mirror Lake Highway and Highway 39 near Monte Cristo should prepare for snow-packed roads and limited visibilities. Strong northwest winds are also anticipated, which means there may be some blowing and drifting of snow.The National Weather Service is also encouraging drivers to have a winter storm survival kit in their vehicle in case of emergency. For road conditioons from the Utah Department of Transportation, visit
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