Snowstorms exiting, bringing sun, warming temperatures
Snow • “Considerable” risk for avalanches remains across state.
Published: March 7, 2012 07:35AM
Updated: March 7, 2012 09:33AM

A winter storm warning remained in effect for parts of Utah, including the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, on Wednesday as the latest round of snowstorms moved out of the state.

While the National Weather Service’s winter storm warning was expected to expire at 11 a.m. in the northern locations, it wasn’t set to expire until 5 p.m. in parts of central and southern Utah. Meanwhile, officials warned motorists to take caution Wednesday morning when navigating many of the state’s roadways because wintry and windy driving conditions lingered.

A winter weather advisory remained in place until 11 p.m. for Utah’s central and southern mountain ranges with more than a foot of snow expected to accumulate in some places. Across Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert region, a high wind warning was in place until noon as sustained winds of up 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph were expected. Those winds were expected to impact motorists driving across Interstate 80 and State Route 30.

The weather service reported as of about 6:30 a.m. that Salt Lake City had picked up 2.5 inches of snow at the city’s airport. West Jordan reported 6 inches of new snow had fallen there, while in Cedar City, residents reported 5 inches.

The Utah Avalanche Center rated all of Utah’s mountain areas, with the exception of the Manti Skyline, at “considerable” risk for snow slides Tuesday. The Manti Skyline did not have a rating Wednesday morning.

The air quality statewide was “green,” or good, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

The last remnants of the storms were expected to clear the state by Wednesday night. Thursday was expected to bring sunny skies and warming temperatures. That trend was expected to continue through the weekend.

Salt Lake City looked for a high temperature of 43 degrees on Wednesday and 46 on Thursday; Ogden was expected to top out at 44 and 46, respectively; Provo, 43 and 45; Logan, 41 and 43; Wendover, 40 and 46; Duchesne, 43 and 48; Cedar City, 33 and 44; St. George, 51 and 61; and Moab, 54 and 55.

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