Rare second-straight day of March snowfall blankets St. George and Southern Utah

Snow in St. George, Utah, on March 13, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Erica Neff, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — For only the second time since weather records began, Saturday marked a second-straight day snow was accumulating in St. George.

A chart showing the top 13 days of snowfall in St. George in March since records began. It doesn’t include the one inch of snowfall that fell March 12 and the at least 1.5 inches of snow in St. George on March 13, 2021 | Chart courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click to enlarge

Much of the white stuff fell in the overnight hours, allowing St. George residents to wake up to a winter wonderland just a week before the first day of spring and just a few days after the daytime high was in the 70s in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the only other time since the late 1800s there has been accumulating snow in St. George in March was 2006. The 1.5 inches of snow reported Saturday morning is the ninth-most ever in one day in March in St. George.

That comes a day after St. George received an inch of snow.

Further north, the weather service says Cedar City also received an inch of snow Friday.

The biggest accumulations of snow have been in the local mountains and in Beaver County. Brian Head has reported 5 inches of snow since Friday, while Beaver has seen 6 inches of snow.

Snow on Friday caused traffic on Interstate 15 to come to a standstill for hours in the Beaver area.

The snow of the morning gave way to a sunny afternoon in St. George and is expected to stay the same throughout the day Sunday, according to the weather service, before a chance of rain showers Monday.

To get even more snow, a person needs to drive further north where Cedar City and Beaver have a chance of additional snowfall Monday and Tuesday after a sunny Sunday.

St. George News readers sent their shots of snow throughout Southern Utah.

Updated 5:30 p.m., March 13, 2021: Additional photos.

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