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Utah forecast: Continued cold, avalanche danger becomes deadly
First Published Jan 28 2012 08:12 am • Last Updated Jan 28 2012 01:03 pm

Northern Utahns can expect to continue bundling up against the cold through the weekend with high temperatures expected to only flirt with 40 degrees while overnight lows will be in the teens.

The forecast for Sunday was warmer for southern Utah, where highs were forecast for the mid-50s, but overnight lows still were expected to be below freezing even there.

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The danger of potentially life-threatening snow slides in the state’s mountains remained a concern: the western Uintas and the Manti-Skyline districts were rated "red" or at high risk for avalanches, while the Utah Avalanche Center graded the mountains of Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo "orange" or at moderate risk. Southeastern Utah’s Moab district was graded "yellow," or moderate for snow slide risk.

Indeed, as man died when he was trapped in an avalanche about 11:30 a.m. in the backcountry in Big Cottonwood Canyon. (See separate story).

Air quality was "green," or healthy statewide by the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

Salt Lake City looked for a high temperature Sunday of 43 degrees, following the 39 degrees forecast for Saturday: Ogden expected 41 after a 35; Provo 46 and 40; Logan 39 and 32; Wendover 39 and 35; Duchesne 38 and 35; Cedar City 48 and 42; St. George 56 and 54; and Moab 48 and 45 degrees.


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