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Mayan Doomsday or not, Utah’s going to be cold as, you know
Shivering Zion » Single digits to teens overnight throughout the state on Friday.
First Published Dec 20 2012 08:02 am • Last Updated Dec 20 2012 12:53 pm

If the end of the Mayan calendar on Friday portends Doomsday, then it could indeed be a cold day in . . . heck. If we all wake up, though, it will still be a cold day in Utah.

You place your climatological bets and takes your chances. Either way — bundle up, Friday’s also the first official day of winter. And maybe, Thank God it’s Friday, after all.

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Those skeptics at the National Weather Service brazenly predict that after overnight lows in the 10-15 degree range, northern Utahns will live to see high temperatures Friday in the upper-30s and low-40s under sunny, if chilly skies.

Southern Utahns looked for highs in the low- to mid-40s after overnight lows in the teens to mid-20s.

The Utah Avalanche Center rated the mountains of Salt Lake County and Provo at "considerable" risk for dangerous snow slides on Friday, while Ogden-area slopes earned a "moderate" risk grade.

Statewide, the Utah Air Quality Division raised its "Green," or healthy breathing banners.

Salt Lake City, after a low of 17, expected a Friday daytime high of 42, up from Thursday’s forecast for 38 degrees; Ogden expected readings of 17, 40 and 36 degrees, respectively; Provo 16, 42 and 33; Logan 7, 39 and 29; Wendover 13, 36 and 31; Duchesne -6, 29 and 20; Cedar City 5, 37 and 31; St. George 24, 50 and 44; and Moab 8, 35 and 30 degrees.


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