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Utah forecast: Snow starts in central, southern mountains

Published February 20, 2013 12:15 pm

Wasatch Front • A dusting in the north of new snow, up to two feet further south.
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Northern Utahns were dodging much of the initial pulse of storms expected to pelt the state for the next week, with just a dusting of new snow as Wednesday dawned.

Instead, the mountains of central and southern Utah were taking the brunt of the wintry system. Heavy snowfall was reported in several mountain locations. Up to 20 inches of snow, and in some higher elevations much more, was expected by late Thursday.

The National Weather Service had a Winter Storm Warning in place through noon Thursday for a swath of Utah's mountainous spine and high deserts stretching from Manti south to Richfield, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon and St. George.

A Winter Weather Advisory applied to a section of northern Utah stretching from Logan south through Brigham City, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Park City, Provo and Nephi. The advisory, which predicted only an inch or two of actual new snowfall in the valleys and 2-4 inches in the mountains along daytime valley rainfall, extended through Thursday night.

The Utah Avalanche Center gave "moderate" risk ratings for dangerous snowslides throughout the state. Air quality — with the exception of a "Red," or unhealthy grade for Cache County — was "Green," or healthy throughout the Wasatch Front, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

Salt Lake City's forecast high of 38 Wednesday was to be followed by a 33-degree reading on Thursday; Ogden looked for 37 and 32 degrees, respectively; Provo 44 and 37; Logan 29 and 26; Wendover 37 and 33; Duchesne 35 and 32; Cedar City 37 and 35; St. George 50 and 51; and Moab 44 and 42 degrees.

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