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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Children from the Community Cooperative Nursery School during the Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday March 16, 2013. The annual parade showcasing Utah’s Irish heritage, which celebrates its 35th year today, claims its roots in the first Irish immigrants brought to the state by Park City’s mining boom, and even Irish-American soldiers stationed at Fort Douglas as early as 1862.
Parade weather today; Irish weather tomorrow
Change » A cold frontbrings wintry weatheron holiday weekend.
First Published Mar 16 2013 09:54 am • Last Updated Mar 19 2013 01:43 pm

It will come after Saturday’s parade in downtown Salt Lake City, but St. Patrick’s Day is shaping up to be a cold and blustery day filled with rain and snow.

Meteorologists forecast that a storm will arrive late Saturday and last through Sunday, bringing rain and small amounts of snow to the valleys, as well as two to six inches of fresh powder in the mountains. Besides dropping temperatures into the 40s in most places, the storm is also expected to howl in like a banshee, with gusty winds reaching about 45 mph.

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For those who want to try their luck in the wintry back country, be warned — the Utah Avalanche Center predicts that the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo-area mountains will be at a considerable risk for slides on Sunday. The Uintas, Logan and Skyline regions also have a moderate chance for avalanches.

But as the Irish blessing goes, in part, "for every storm, a rainbow." After the storm blows over Sunday night, northern Utahns can expect to wake up Monday to a partly sunny day with slightly warmer temperatures.

Southern Utahns can still expect to enjoy spring-like weather both Sunday and Monday, including some light wind.

Salt Lake City is due for a high of 49 on Sunday and 53 on Monday; Provo, 51 and 53, respectively; Ogden, 44 and 48; Tooele, 48 and 53; Logan, 40 and 43; Park City, 41 and 44; Wendover, 54 and 53; Duchesne, 49 both days; St. George, 75 and 73; Cedar City, 59 both days; Moab, 64 both days.


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