A hazardous weather advisory has been issued for much of Utah into late this week as a warmer temperatures, spring runoff and thunderstorms combine to dominate the forecast.
The National Weather Service says a cold front settled over northern and central Utah early Wednesday and was expected to bring isolated showers and thunderstorms to the region, followed by a continuing period of unsettled weather on Thursday and Friday. Along with rainfall in the lower elevations, the storm system was expected to bring more snow to the mountains.
Meantime, the spring runoff continues, and water in the region’s rivers, creeks and streams is flowing both fast and cold. Forecasters and public safety agencies are warning that adults should keep children and pets a safe distance from the turbulent waterways.
High temperatures in northern Utah were expected to range from the mid-60s to low-70s Wednesday and Thursday.
Southern Utahns could expect partly cloudy skies into the weekend with winds in the 10-20 mph range. High temperatures were forecast in the low- to mid-80s.
Air quality statewide rated a “green” or satisfactory grade, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.
Salt Lake City was forecast for a high temperature of 74 degrees on Thursday after Wednesday’s predicted high of 70; Ogden looked for 71 and 67 degrees, respectively; Provo 75 and 73; Logan 68 and 64; Wendover 73 and 70; Duchesne 73 and 72; Cedar City 73 and 74; St. George 84 degrees both days; and Moab 85 and 81.