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Recalling the blockbuster October snowstorm of 1984 that missed Layton, but hit Salt Lake

Article Published 10/20/2017
Do you remember October of 1984? The weather between Layton and Salt Lake, a distance of about 25 miles, can vary considerably – and one of the greatest differences of all occurred in October of 33 years ago.
An incredible, early season ”lake effect” snowstorm struck the Salt Lake area on October 18, 1984, dumping more than a foot and a half of wet, heavy snow.
According to Dan Pope, KTVX, Ch. 4, meteorologist:
“18.4 inches of snow fell between 5 a.m. on October 17 and 10:30 a.m. on the October 18 (at the Salt Lake Airport). It was a huge lake effect storm that brought tree limbs down on power lines, causing between one and two million dollars in damage. The ‘Bench’ area near the U. of U. recorded 22 inches and Alta picked up 40 inches. I remember the day very well. It was hard to believe Salt Lake City could have such a storm so early in the season.”
Layton City escaped the worst of the localized, lake effect storm, receiving just one-half inch on the ground the morning of October 18, 1984 in the area west of I-15.