Utah forecast: Cooler, wetter and in the northern mountains, snow
Northern Utah's forecast for Thursday predicts a marked cooling trend, punctuated by rain in the valleys and snowfall in the mountains and benches.
High temperatures were predicted to range into the mid-50s, down about 15 degrees from Wednesday's daytime readings.
Southern Utah looked for drier and warmer weather. Highs Thursday were expected to be in the upper-70s, down a few degrees from Wednesday. Partly cloudy skies with winds of 15-25 mph were predicted in the evening hours.
The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as "Green," or healthy. The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website noted that sagebrush was "very high" and ragweed "moderate" on the organization's pollen index.
For the second day in a row Wednesday, due to the federal government shutdown the National Weather Service did not provide a specific high and low temperature forecast by city.
However, the WeatherBug.com website predicted Salt Lake City's high for Thursday would be 55 degrees, down from Wednesday's 72; Ogden looked for 52 and 70 degrees, respectively; Provo 55 and 72; Logan 50 and 65; Wendover 52 and 65; Duchesne 55 and 72; Cedar City 65 and 72; St. George 78 and 85; and Moab 75 and 85 degrees.