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Utah forecast: Wintry weather settles over Wasatch Front
Rain, snow » Mountains, pockets of valleys, see varying amounts of snow.
First Published Oct 04 2013 07:43 am • Last Updated Oct 04 2013 07:47 am

Northern Utahns awoke to light, cold rain in the valleys and, in some locales, snowfall on Friday as a winter-like storm system settled over the Wasatch Front.

The National Weather Service predicted even cooler temperatures and more precipitation going into the weekend.

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A Winter Storm Warning was in place for northeastern Utah’s Uinta Mountains as Friday dawned with snowfall of up to a foot expected by early afternoon.

Southeastern Utah, from Green River south to Bluff, was under a Freeze Warning beginning 9 p.m. Friday and extending to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Two large pockets of central Utah — from Delta west to the Nevada border and Price south to the Capitol Reef and Hanksville areas — were included in a Hard Freeze Watch in effect from 11 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Salt Lake and Tooele valleys began Friday with a mix of cold rain and snow with up to 2 inches of snow reported in the west desert. Saturday’s forecast was less likely to see snow, though morn frost was expected after overnight temperatures in the mid-30s.

Daytime highs along the Wasatch Front were expected to range into the mid- to upper-50s on Saturday, the same as forecast for Friday.

Southern Utah, at least, was holding onto autumn. High temperatures Saturday were expected to be in the mid-70s, a few degrees warmer than the Friday forecast. No precipitation was expected, though winds of 10-25 mph were to buffet the area.

The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as "Green," or healthy.

The Intermountain Allergy & Asthma website noted that its pollen index showed sagebrush as "very high" and mold at "moderate" levels.

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Due to the continuing partial government shutdown, the NWS once more did not provide its usual city-by-city temperature listings, but the WeatherBug.com website provided the following predictions:

Salt Lake City 57 degrees on Saturday, up from Friday’s forecast for 51; Ogden 58 and 53 degrees, respectively; Provo 59 and 53; Logan 57 and 51; Wendover 58 and 51; Duchesne 48 and 40; Cedar City 59 and 51; St. George 71 and 66; and Moab 71 and 66 degrees.


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