Apologies to powder-loving skiers, but maybe comedian Carl Reiner had the right of it: “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”
Whatever your take on winter weather, northern Utah has more snow on the way. The National Weather Service forecast called for a new storm system to slide into the region late Monday, bringing snow in time for Tuesday morning’s commute.
Indeed, there was a chance for some of that snow to fall Monday evening along the Wasatch Front, where temperatures were expected to rise no higher than the mid-30s with overnight lows in the low-20s. By early Tuesday morning, the chance for snow is predicted at 80 percent.
The good news: accumulations of the white stuff, particularly in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, were not expected to be much more than a nuisance-level dusting.
Southern Utahns, meanwhile, expected partly cloudy to sunny skies with highs in the mid-50s and overnight lows in the mid-30s. Tuesday’s forecast for Utah’s Dixie also called for winds in the 10-20 mph range.
The heavier snow pack generated by storms late last week through the weekend left the risks for dangerous snowslides elevated. The Utah Avalanche Center rated most of the state’s mountains at “moderate” risk for such events, while the Uintas and Moab-area slopes were graded at “considerable.”
The recent atmospheric stirring from the storms kept the air fresh, though. The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as “Green,” or healthy, into the mid-week.
Salt Lake City’s forecast high of 36 was to be followed on Tuesday by a 32-degree reading; Ogden looked for 34 and 31 degrees, respectively; Provo 39 and 34; Logan 29 and 28; Wendover 35 and 34; Duchesne 36 and 30; Cedar City 42 and 35; St. George 55 and 53; and Moab 41 and 40 degrees.