Utah to get higher temperatures, healthier air
Weather • Storm is forecasted to leave heavy snow in central and southern mountains.
Published: March 9, 2013 07:16PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 12:06AM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune In the warm afternoon sun (left) Sione Tauteoli roasts 26 chicken quarters in his driveway over his handmade spit with his daughter (right) Teleita Tauteoli in Salt Lake City on March 9, 2013.

Breathe easy, Utah — the stormy weather is moving on and warmer, drier days are ahead.

The storm worked its way south, bringing a mix of rain and snow in the valleys and snow in the mountains, and was expected to taper off by Saturday evening. The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City forecasted that the heaviest precipitation would be over southern and central Utah. Meteorologists expect the storm to leave up to two feet of snow across the southern Utah mountains and eight to 16 inches on the peaks in the central part of the state.

Before it left, the strom dropped heavy snow in central Utah, bringing down a number of power lines, which knocked out service to about 2,360 Rocky Mountain Power customers in four Sevier County communities. By early Saturday evening repair crews had reduced that number to about 300, company spokesman Dave Eskelsen said. The remainder were expected to be back on line before midnight.

Utahns can expect warmer and drier days Sunday and Monday, as well as healthy air across the state, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

The clear skies in northern Utah will be accompanied by highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Those in southern Utah can look forward to temperatures climbing into the 60s, according to the NWS. Utahns from one end of the state to the other also can expect a light wind lingering through Monday.

With warmer temperatures, however, comes a warning from the Utah Avalanche Center that dangerous snow slides are likely for the high elevation backcountry slopes. The center grades the Uintas at a “considerable” risk for avalanches, while the rest of the state’s mountains are rated as “moderate.”

Salt Lake City’s high on Sunday is forecasted at 50, and climbs to 52 on Monday; Ogden looks for 49 and 50 degrees, respectively; Provo, 49 and 54; Logan, 45 and 47; Wendover, 51 both days; Duchesne, 42 and 48; Cedar City, 45 and 55; St. George, 64 and 68; and for Moab, 46 and 55 degrees.

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