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Utah forecast: Cold, polluted and no relief in sight

Published January 17, 2013 10:02 am

'Red" alert • Most of state under worst-air quality conditions.
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It's cold, it's polluted and there's no relief in sight for either condition for northern Utahns anytime soon.

The truth will set you free, but no one said it would make you happy.

While air quality was once again locked into a "Red," or unhealthy zone for Salt Lake, Davis, Cache, Weber, Utah and Box Elder counties Thursday and Friday, high temperatures for the region were forecast to be in the mid- to upper-20s for the same period. Overnight lows will be in the single digits at most Wasatch Front locales, and sub-zero in a few places.

Southern Utahns looked for highs in the 40-50 degree range Thursday and Friday with overnight lows in single-digits to the 20s.

There was no snow forecast for anywhere in the state, meaning the pollution-trapping inversions plaguing the state's urban valleys were expected to only get worse.

The Utah Division of Air Quality warned that Utahns living in the "Red" zones should take care to avoid extended outdoor activity if they are elderly, young children or afflicted with heart or lung disease. Motorists were urged to stay home or use mass transit rather than drive, and wood-burning stove use was discouraged or banned, depending on the location.

The Utah Avalanche Center rated the state's mountains at "moderate" risk for dangerous snow slides.

Salt Lake City's forecast called for a high Thursday of 27, followed by an overnight low of 10 and a daytime high Friday of 28 degrees; Ogden looked for 23, 9 and 26 degrees, respectively; Provo 26, 11 and 30; Logan 20, -3 and 20; Wendover 20, 2 and 20; Duchesne 13, -5 and 17; Cedar City 34, 1 and 37; St. George 50, 26 and 51; and Moab 15, 0 and 21 degrees.

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