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Rain and snow to give way to Memorial Day sunshine

Published May 27, 2012 4:24 pm

Memorial Day • Temperatures also expected to warm for holiday.
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Folks hoping for an opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day outdoors can rejoice — it's shaping up to be sunny and warm.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City predicts Monday will be mostly sunny across the state, with temperatures expected to be in the 60s and 70s. Tuesday is expected to be even warmer, with temperatures reaching the 80s and 90s.

But first, those in northern Utah had to make do with a rainy Sunday.

Storms dropped 7 inches of snow at Brighton and 6 inches of snow at Alta, said Pete Wilensky, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

"It is a little late, but this is not that uncommon," Wilensky said. "We often get cold systems all the way into early June that can put snow onto the peaks."

Over two days, Park City recorded 1.22 inches of precipitation, and Ben Lomond Peak received almost 3 inches.

"Water totals were impressive in the northern Wasatch Front," Wilensky said.

Sandy led Salt Lake valley areas for precipitation, tallying .72 of an inch.

Temperatures reached 63 degrees in Salt Lake City, 52 degrees in Logan, 75 degrees in St. George and 72 degrees in Moab.

While it's unusual to see snow in the valleys on Memorial Day weekend, "to get snow in the mountains on Memorial Day is not particularly uncommon," agreed weather service meteorologist Monica Traphagan.

Last Memorial Day, South Ogden picked up 2 inches of snow and an inch fell in Millcreek, she said.

Currently, the entire state remains under a hazardous weather outlook expected to last most of the week. Authorities warned residents to keep children and pets away from streams and rivers because waters are swift, cold and dangerous.

Air quality merited a "green" or healthy rating statewide through Tuesday, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

For Monday and Tuesday, Salt Lake City is poised for a high of 71 and 82, respectively, while Ogden expects highs of 71 and 79, respectively. St. George is predicted to hit 86 and 91; and Moab 80 and 87 degrees.

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