Utah forecast: Shaking off the shivers, warmer days ahead
Northern Utah's early spring cold snap was to give way to warmer weather on Thursday with high temperatures climbing back into the 60s.
Before that happened, though, most of the western half of the state including the northern Wasatch Front, Great Salt Lake Desert, Cache Valley and the western Uinta Basin, Sanpete and Sevier valleys began Wednesday under a Hard Freeze Warning.
Even isolated snow showers were reported throughout northeastern Utah early Wednesday morning, and for a time eastbound Interstate 80 was closed at Laramie, Wyo., due to inclement weather.
The freeze advisory was scheduled to end at 9 a.m., as temperatures rose into the 50s after overnight readings below 30 degrees in many locations. Thursday's temperatures for northern Utah were forecast to be in the 60s.
Southern Utah, particularly the southwest corner of the state, was warmer but the region was not without its own weather-related woes. The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory through noon Wednesday, noting winds of 25-40 mph and gust topping 55 mph.
Utah's Dixie could take comfort in avoiding the cold, though: high temperatures Wednesday were pegged in the 60s to low-70s. Thursday's forecast calling for the mercury to climb into the mid- to upper-70s.
The Utah Division of Air Quality rated breathability statewide in the "Green," or healthy range.
Salt Lake City's high temperature on Thursday was predicted to hit 61, up from Wednesday's forecast for 53 degrees; Ogden looked for 60 and 53 degrees, respectively; Provo 64 and 54; Logan 60 and 51; Wendover 62 and 55; Duchesne 57 and 51; Cedar City 64 and 58; St. George 79 and 76; and Moab 63 and 60 degrees.