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Utah forecast: Winter weather advisory for southern mountains

Published December 13, 2012 10:03 am

Avalanche risk • "Considerable" for Salt Lake area slopes.
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A winter weather advisory was in effect Friday for Utah's southern mountains, where up to 18 inches of high-elevation snow and 5 inches in the valleys were expected to fall.

The National Weather Service says the storm will be especially noteworthy around the towns of Loa and Panguitch and in Bryce Canyon. The advisory was to kick in at 8 p.m. Thursday and extend through 11 p.m. Friday.

Northern Utahns looked for mostly cloudy skies and daytime highs in the low-40s on Friday. Friday night, the Wasatch Front's valleys expected some rain with mountain snowfall also possible.

Southern Utah's forecast called for highs in the low-50s and rainfall by Friday night.

The Utah Avalanche Center rated the mountains of Salt Lake County at "considerable" risk for dangerous snow slides on Friday, while the rest of the state — with the exception of a "low" rating for Moab — was graded at "moderate" risk for avalanches.

The Utah Division of Air Quality hoisted its "Green," or satisfactory breathability flags statewide.

Salt Lake City's Friday high was pegged at 47, up from Thursday's forecast for 42 degrees; Ogden expected 43 and 46 degrees, respectively; Provo 44 and 48; Logan 41 and 44; Wendover 41 and 43; Duchesne 40 and 43; Cedar City 42 and 50; St. George 52 and 59; and Moab 42 and 51 degrees.

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