- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Utah weather (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

While snow has tapered off in northern Utah, forecasters say the southern part of the state will remain under a winter storm warning into Friday morning.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City says Panguitch, Cedar City and other south-central areas could see 2 to 8 inches of snow overnight and drivers should be cautious on roads.

Forecasters say roads in south-central Utah on Friday morning could be frozen with patches of black ice.

In northern Utah, officials say there’s a high risk for avalanches in backcountry, mountain areas where heavy snow has created unstable slopes.

Ski resorts, however, welcomed the 1 to 2 feet of fresh snow they received Thursday morning, setting them up for a strong season to follow up last year’s record number of skier and snowboarder days.

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8:30 a.m.

An overnight winter storm dumped as much as 9 inches of snow on parts of northern Utah and forced at least half a dozen school districts to cancel or delay classes Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City reported that Salt Lake City International Airport saw nearly 5 inches of snow overnight while other pockets of Salt Lake City saw 3 to 4 inches of snow.

Further north, parts of Bountiful sitting on the bench of the Wasatch Mountains recorded 9 inches of snow. In nearby South Ogden, 6 inches fell overnight.

Data from Utah’s Department of Transportation showed scattered highway crashes from commuters braving snowy roads Thursday morning and heavy slowing in Salt Lake County and Utah on Interstate 15 and Interstate 215.

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