Goodbye, Utah’s gagging and wheezing pollution-trapping inversions — and don’t let that Canadian storm front slap you on your sooty air mass on the way out.
The long-awaited, atmosphere-mixing ridge of cold air was to arrive in northern and eastern Utah beginning late Monday. It was expected to usher in the first of a series of storms bringing periodic rainfall to the valleys and snow to the mountains into the coming weekend.
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Whether the storms will completely scour away the haze that has plagued the state’s metropolitan areas for the past several weeks remained to be seen. Still, the National Weather Service and Utah Division of Air Quality agreed the moist weather should improve conditions considerably.
While DAQ still rated the Wasatch Front is the "unhealthy" air quality category on Monday, updated projections for Tuesday and into the mid-week were expected to be improved — likely significantly so.
On Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the upper-30s as sunshine and clear skies during the daytime will give way to partly cloudy skies. Monday’s forecast called for temperatures in the same range with hazy skies giving way to a clearer evening horizon.
Southern Utah was downright spring-like with Tuesday forecast to bring highs in the mid-60s after Monday’s upper-50s, both days featuring sunny skies.
The Avalanche Center rated the Uintas at "considerable" risk of potentially deadly snowslides while the rest of the state — with the exception of Moab, graded at "low" — rated "moderate" for avalanche risk.
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