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Utah forecast: Another snowstorm, but a wimpy one
Snow for Tuesday commute» A dusting of the white stuff, forecasters predict.
First Published Feb 25 2013 07:36 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2013 01:09 pm

Apologies to powder-loving skiers, but maybe comedian Carl Reiner had the right of it: "A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."

Whatever your take on winter weather, northern Utah has more snow on the way. The National Weather Service forecast called for a new storm system to slide into the region late Monday, bringing snow in time for Tuesday morning’s commute.

At a glance

Road Snow Monday Night and Tuesday »

Blowing snow and road snow will continue to impact southwest Utah mountain routes, particularly SR-12, SR-14, SR-24, SR-25, and SR-143, through early Monday.*

Forecast for 5 P.M. Monday through 5 P.M. Tuesday

Issued 3 P.M. Sunday, 2/24/13

Updated 12 A.M. Monday, 2/25/13

For Northern Utah:

For Cache Valley:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow under snow showers will impact routes in Cache Valley between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 A.M. Tuesday.

For the Ogden Area:

1.) Periods of light road slush/snow under snow showers will impact routes in the Ogden area between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 A.M. Tuesday.

For Salt Lake Valley:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow under snow showers will impact routes in Salt Lake Valley between 8 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For Tooele Valley:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow under snow showers will impact routes in Tooele Valley between 8 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For Utah Valley:

1.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact routes in Utah Valley between 9 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For I-15:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact I-15 between Idaho and Ogden between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 A.M. Tuesday.

2.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact I-15 between Ogden and Point of the Mountain between 8 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

3.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact I-15 between Point of the Mountain and Spanish Fork between 9 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For I-84/SR-30:

1.) Periods of road snow will impact I-84 west of I-15 and SR-30 west of I-84 between 5 P.M. Monday and 8 P.M. Monday. Gusty winds of 45-50 mph and blowing/drifting snow will impact the Curlew Junction, I-84/SR-30 Junction area between 8 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

2.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact I-84 east of I-15 between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 A.M. Tuesday.

For I-80:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact I-80 between Nevada and Salt Lake between 5 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

2.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact I-80 in Salt Lake County between 8 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

3.) Periods of road snow will impact I-80 east of Salt Lake between 8 P.M. Monday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

For US-89:

1.) Periods of road snow will impact US-89 over Logan Summit (east of Logan) and Sardine Summit (east of Brigham City) between 6 P.M. Monday and 1 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

2.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact US-89 between Brigham City and Farmington between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 A.M. Tuesday.

For US-40:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact US-40 over Mayflower Summit (north of Heber) and Daniels Summit (south of Heber) between 8 P.M. Monday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Blowing/drifting snow will impact US-40 near Strawberry Reservoir between 1 A.M. Tuesday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

For SR-92/US-189:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact SR-92 over American Fork Canyon (east of Lehi) and US-189 over Provo Canyon (east of Orem) between 9 P.M. Monday and 1 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

For US-6:

1.) Periods of road snow will impact US-6 over Soldier Summit (east of Spanish Fork) between 8 P.M. Monday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

For SR-44/US-191:

1.) Periods of light road snow will impact SR-44 over SR-44 Summit (south of Manila) and US-191 over US-191 Summit (north of Vernal) between 11 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

Mountain Routes:

1.) Periods of road snow will impact SR-158 to Powder Mountain (north of Eden), SR-226 to Snowbasin, SR-39 to the Monte Cristo Winter Gate Closure (east of Huntsville), SR-224 to Park City, and SR-150 to the Mirror Lake Highway Winter Gate Closure between 6 P.M. Monday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

For Central/Southern Utah:

For I-15:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact I-15 between Spanish Fork and Parowan between 10 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For I-70:

1.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact I-70 over Clear Creek Summit (west of Richfield) and Ivie Creek Summit (east of Richfield) between 11 P.M. Monday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

2.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact I-70 east of Crescent Junction between 5 A.M. Tuesday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

For US-89:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact US-89 between US-6 and I-70 between 8 P.M. Monday and 8 A.M. Tuesday.

2.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact US-89 between I-70 and Panguitch between 11 P.M. Monday – 8 A.M. Tuesday.

For SR-28/US-50:

1.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact SR-28 (between Nephi and Gunnison) and US-50 (between I-15 and US-89) between 11 P.M. Monday and 8 A.M. Monday.

For SR-92/US-191/US-491:

1.) Periods of light road slush/snow will impact SR-92 over Salvation Knoll (west of Blanding), US-191 between La Sal Junction and Blanding, and US-491 east of Monticello between 5 A.M. Tuesday and 11 A.M. Tuesday.

Mountain Routes:

1.) Periods of road slush/snow will impact SR-31 over SR-31 Summit (east of Fairview), SR-264 (between US-6 and SR-31), SR-153 over SR-153 Summit (east of Beaver), SR-20 over SR-20 Summit (between I-15 mp 95 and US-89), SR-143 over Brian Head (east of Parowan), SR-14 (east of Cedar City), SR-12 over Boulder Summit (between Panguitch and Torrey), SR-72 over Hogan Summit (between I-70 and Loa), and SR-25 to Fish Lake between 9 P.M. Monday and 5 P.M. Tuesday. Motorists should also watch for patchy ice Tuesday night.

— Source: Utah Department of Transportation

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Indeed, there was a chance for some of that snow to fall Monday evening along the Wasatch Front, where temperatures were expected to rise no higher than the mid-30s with overnight lows in the low-20s. By early Tuesday morning, the chance for snow is predicted at 80 percent.

The good news: accumulations of the white stuff, particularly in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, were not expected to be much more than a nuisance-level dusting.

Southern Utahns, meanwhile, expected partly cloudy to sunny skies with highs in the mid-50s and overnight lows in the mid-30s. Tuesday’s forecast for Utah’s Dixie also called for winds in the 10-20 mph range.

The heavier snow pack generated by storms late last week through the weekend left the risks for dangerous snowslides elevated. The Utah Avalanche Center rated most of the state’s mountains at "moderate" risk for such events, while the Uintas and Moab-area slopes were graded at "considerable."

The recent atmospheric stirring from the storms kept the air fresh, though. The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as "Green," or healthy, into the mid-week.

Salt Lake City’s forecast high of 36 was to be followed on Tuesday by a 32-degree reading; Ogden looked for 34 and 31 degrees, respectively; Provo 39 and 34; Logan 29 and 28; Wendover 35 and 34; Duchesne 36 and 30; Cedar City 42 and 35; St. George 55 and 53; and Moab 41 and 40 degrees.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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