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Significant snowfall loomed for parts of Utah on Sunday, leading to weather alerts for much of the state's most populous areas.

Storm and blizzard watches, which start Sunday night and continue until Tuesday afternoon, extend from the western Uintah mountains, across the Wasatch Front and through the state's central and southern mountain ranges.

The snowfall will start in the state's highest elevations Sunday night, but by Monday evening will encompass all mountain areas, according to the National Weather Service. In addition to the snow, meteorologist predicted strong, gusty winds, with a significant likelihood of driving snow and drifts. The northern facing slopes are expected to receive the most fresh powder.

The eastern Uinta Mountains, including the cities of Manila and Dutch John, also had a blizzard watch in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.

Up to 20 inches of snow was expected to fall in those areas, with drifts of up to 3 feet possible. Wind gusts of up to 60 mph were also possible.

Starting Monday afternoon, motorists driving along Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 6 should use caution as well. Strong crosswinds — with gusts exceeding 55 mph — are expected to buffet vehicles traveling those routes.

But there is some good news for backcountry skiers. Avalanche risks for the Ogden, Salt Lake and Provo ranges was low Sunday. The Logan, Skyline and Uinta ranges were under a moderate risk.

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