Heavy Snow Hits Mountains

Thursday, April 16th 2009, 12:21 pm
By: News 9

A big, wet storm system is moving across the western part of the United States packing rain, wind and a lot of snow in higher elevations and on Wednesday, Utah was the target.

Heavy snow has been falling in the mountains near Salt Lake City for much of the day and because of the nature of the storm, much of the snow is heavy and wet, supplying the area with much needed moisture.

Some areas that were hit by wildfires last summer are a little nervous as the amount of moisture in the storm could cause hillsides to slide away.  Some of the canyons around Salt Lake City have seen rockslides as the ground becomes saturated and rocks simply come loose.

The storm is moving slowly to the east and will start impacting most of Colorado starting Thursday all the way into Saturday.  Forecasters say by the time the storm pulls out of Colorado the Denver metro area could see more than a foot of snow.