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Utah forecast: Storm moving out, leaving fresh air behind

Published February 11, 2013 12:53 pm

Avalanche danger • Snowslide risk remains elevated after new snowfall.
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The weekend's winter storm system settled over southeastern Utah Monday morning on its slow journey east into Colorado and beyond.

The National Weather Service had a Winter Storm Warning in place through Tuesday for the Blanding and Bluff areas, while a Winter Weather Advisory was still in effect Monday for the Monticello region.

In the wake of the weekend's heavy mountain snowfall, the risk of dangerous backcountry snowslides remained at "considerable" for Moab's mountains, while the slopes of the Wasatch Front were graded at "moderate," according to the Utah Avalanche Center. The same risk ratings initially were in place for Tuesday.

Northern Utah's forecast called for highs Monday and Tuesday in the low-30s with overnight lows in the low-teens. Southern Utahns expected highs in the upper-40s to near 50 degrees Monday and Tuesday with overnight lows in the 20s.

The Utah Division of Air Quality reported that the state's breathability grades remained in the "Green," or healthy zone.

Salt Lake City's high temperature forecast called for readings of 32 degrees both Monday and Tuesday, sandwiching an overnight low of 11; Ogden looked for highs of 33 degrees and a low of 11; Logan's forecast was for a high of 23 Monday, an overnight low of -1, and a daytime high Tuesday of 25; Wendover 28, 8 and 28; Duchesne 24, -2 and 25; Cedar City 29, 2 and 34; St. George 47, 26 and 50; and Moab 37, 12 and 38 degrees.

remims@sltrib.com Road Weather Alerts:

For Northern Utah:

For I-15 and the Wasatch Front:

1.) Patches of very light road snow and patchy ice will impact I-15 from Idaho to Nephi; particularly, road ice may be present along shoulders, on/off ramps, bridges or shaded areas through 9 A.M. Monday. Please travel with caution.

For I-80:

1.) Areas along I-80 (mileposts 10 - 30) will experience times of blowing snow, causing road snow/ice through noon Monday.

2.) I-80 through Salt Lake will mainly run dry, with patchy areas of very light road snow. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

3.) Areas of patchy light road snow and road ice will impact I-80 east of Salt Lake City through Monday morning.

For I-84/SR-30:

1.) Areas of patchy ice and snow and blowing snow will impact I-84 west of I-15 and SR-30 west of I-84 through 11 A.M. Monday.

For US-89:

1.) Areas of patchy light road snow and road ice will impact US-89 over Sardine Summit (east of Brigham City) and Logan Summit (east of Logan) through 9 A.M. Monday.

For US-189/SR-92:

1.) Periods of light road snow under any intermittent snow showers will impact US-189 over Provo Canyon (east of Orem) and SR-92 over American Fork Canyon (east of Lehi) through 9 A.M. Monday. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

For US-191/SR-44:

1.) Periods of road snow under intermittent snow showers will impact US-191 over US-191 Summit (north of Vernal), and SR-44 over SR-44 Summit (south of Manila) through 9 A.M. Monday. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

For other northern mountain routes:

1.) Areas of road snow/patchy ice will continue to impact Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, SR-158 to Powder Mountain (north of Eden), SR-167 (Trapper's Loop), SR-226 to Snowbasin, SR-39 to Monte Cristo (east of Huntsville), SR-150 (to the Mirror Lake Highway Winter Gate Closure), SR-224 to Park City, SR-248 (between US-40 and Kamas), SR-31 over SR-31 Summit (east of Fairview), and SR-264 (between US-6 and SR-31) through 9 A.M. Monday.

For Central/Southern Utah:

For I-15:

1.) Areas of patchy road ice will impact I-15 between Nephi and Cedar City through Monday morning.

For I-70:

1.) Periods of road snow under intermittent snow showers will impact I-70 over Clear Creek Summit (west of Richfield) and Ivie Creek Summit (east of Richfield) through 9 A.M. Monday. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

For US-6:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow under snow showers will impact US-6 over Soldier Summit (east of Spanish Fork) through 10 A.M. Monday. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

For US-89:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow under intermittent snow showers will impact US-89 between US-6 and I-70 through 5 A.M. Monday. Motorists should watch for patchy ice through Monday morning.

2.) Areas of road ice will impact US-89 south of I-70 through Monday morning.

For US-50:

1.) Areas of road ice will impact US-50 between I-15 and US-89 through Monday morning.

For US-191/US-491/SR-95:

1.) Periods of road snow under snow showers will impact US-191 south of I-70, US-491 east of Monticello, and SR-95 over Salvation Knoll (west of Blanding) through 5 P.M. Monday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice through Tuesday morning.

For other central/southern mountain routes:

1.) Patchy ice and areas of road snow through Monday morning will impact SR-153 to SR-153 Summit (east of Beaver), SR-20 over SR-20 Summit (between I-15 and US-89), SR-143 over Brian Head (between Parowan and Panguitch), SR-14 (east of Cedar City), SR-12 over Boulder Summit (between Panguitch and Torrey), SR-24 over Wayne Summit (between I-70 and Loa), and SR-72 over Hogan Summit (between I-70 and Loa). Areas of blowing snow and reduced visibilities will impact SR-143 over Brian Head, SR-14, and SR-12 over Boulder Summit during this time.