Quantcast

Snow tapers off in Utah and so does the mercury

Published December 29, 2012 11:14 am

Weather • Bryce could hit 10 below; Vernal to reach zero.
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The snow showers seemed to take a break Saturday morning and will likely remain sparse through the weekend, but those hoping for a break from the cold may be disappointed.

The National Weather Service reported no new snowfall in the state since Friday evening. By Sunday, forecasters see a slightly higher chance of snow showers in most of the state, but no higher than 40 percent.

What is certain is that it will remain very cold throughout the weekend. St. George stands to be the warmest, with a forecast high Sunday of 44 degrees. Bryce Canyon will be the coldest, dropping to 10 degrees below zero early Sunday and reaching 23 degrees by the end of the day.

On Sunday, Mirror Lake will post 1 degree, Vernal will drop to zero, Randolph minus 1 and Duchesne minus 3.

Salt Lake City expects a low of 18 and a high of 31 Sunday; Ogden is forecast to reach 16 and 29, respectively; Provo 17 and 32; Logan 10 and 25; Park City 9 and 26; Cedar City 7 and 31; Moab 11 and 33; and Blanding 14 and 33 degrees.

The Utah Avalanche Center predicted that the mountain areas around Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, Logan and Moab would be at moderate avalanche risk on Sunday. The Uintas and the Skyline mountain areas are rated considerable avalanche risks for Sunday.

Air-quality ratings are expected to drop in some of the most populated areas of the state Sunday. The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) issued a "red" air alert rating for Utah County on Sunday, meaning air quality is expected to be unhealthy for most people but especially for young children, older adults and people with lung diseases.

During "red" days, the DAQ recommends that everyone else limit prolonged outdoor activity, eliminate intentional outdoor burns and use mass transit instead of driving.

The DAQ also issued a "yellow" rating on Sunday for Cache County, meaning that the air will be unhealthy for those same groups of sensitive people. The division recommends no voluntary burning outside and limited driving.

"Yellow" ratings also apply on Sunday to the Salt Lake City-Davis County area and to Weber County.

kbennion@sltrib.com Twitter: @KimballBennion CITY HIGH LOW

Alta 25 1

Bryce Canyon 21 -14

Canyonlands 20 -16

Cedar City 35 6

Delta 21 -7

Duchesne 12 -3

Heber City 31 0

Layton 30 13

Logan 14 -4

Manti 15 0

Ogden 27 11

Price 22 1

Provo 30 13

Richfield 25 0

Salt Lake 29 16

Vernal 14 5

Wendover 29 3