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Utah forecast: You know — April showers, statewide
Thunder, Lightning, Rain » Otherwise, 60s north and 70s south.
First Published Apr 01 2013 07:23 am • Last Updated Apr 01 2013 09:17 am

April opened with thunderstorms and rain showers over the entire state of Utah even as springtime temperatures prevailed.

In northern Utah, highs Tuesday were expected to range into the low-60s, down a couple degrees from Monday’s forecast. Periodic rain, thunder and lightning were on the weather menu both days.

At a glance

For Northern Utah:

Most routes will remain wet under any showers in northern Utah on Monday and Tuesday.

Periods of brief road slush under any scattered snow showers between 6 A.M. and 6 P.M. Monday, followed by periods of road snow between 6 P.M. Monday and 6 A.M. Tuesday will impact Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons (east of Salt Lake) and US-191 over Indian Canyon Summit (south of Duchesne).

Periods of brief road slush under scattered snow showers between 6 P.M. Monday and 6 A.M. Tuesday will impact US-40 over Daniels Summit (south of Heber), US-6 over Soldier Summit (east of Spanish Fork)

Periods of brief road slush under scattered snow showers between 6 P.M. Monday and 9 A.M. Tuesday will impact US-191 over US-191 Summit (north of Vernal), and SR-44 over SR-44 Summit (south of Manila).

For Central/Southern Utah:

High mountain routes will remain mostly wet under any showers Sunday evening, and patchy ice will form on any wet roads Sunday night, particularly on 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-143 over Brian Head (between Parowan and Panguitch), SR-14 (east of Cedar City), and SR-12 over Boulder Summit (between Panguitch and Torrey).

Most routes will remain wet under any showers in central/southern Utah on Monday and Tuesday.

Periods of brief road slush/snow under scattered snow showers between 6 A.M. Monday and 12 P.M. noon Tuesday, particularly overnight Monday, will impact SR-31 over SR-31 Summit (east of Fairview) and SR-264 (between US-6 and SR-31).

Periods of brief road slush/snow under scattered snow showers between 12 P.M. noon Monday and 6 P.M. Tuesday will impact SR-153 over SR-153 Summit (east of Beaver), SR-143 over Brian Head (between Parowan and Panguitch), SR-14 (east of Cedar City), and SR-12 over Boulder Summit (between Panguitch and Torrey).

— Source: Utah Department of Transportation

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Southern Utahns looked for highs in the low- to mid-70s on Tuesday, mirroring Monday’s forecast, and Utah’s Dixie also expected to see its share of thunderstorms and precipitation.

There’s nothing like a storm system to freshen the atmosphere, so the Utah Division of Air Quality was awarding its "Green," or healthy breathability grades statewide into the mid-week.

Utah Avalanche Center left its risk ratings for dangerous mountain backcountry snow slides at "moderate" throughout the state, except for the Moab area, where the risk was deemed "low."

Salt Lake City’s high Tuesday was pegged at 61, down a tick from Monday’s 62-degree forecast; Ogden expected 60 on Tuesday and 59 Monday; Provo 62 and 65, respectively; Logan 60 and 58; Wendover 64 and 57; Duchesne 59 and 61; Cedar City 59 and 60; St. George 76 and 74; and Moab 60 and 72 degrees.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




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