Utah forecast: Continuing cold, occasional snow showers into mid-week
From the western desert to its Wyoming and Colorado borders, central Utah received fresh snow early Tuesday, ranging from an inch or two in the valleys to 4-5 inches in the mountains.
The southern Wasatch Range especially was affected and remained under a Winter Weather Advisory into Tuesday evening.
That fresh snow fell on already ice-packed road surfaces, making for more than a few commuter headaches. The Utah Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies reported dozens of minor crashes and slideoffs.
Eastbound semi-trailer rigs were being required to don tire chains to traverse Parleys Canyon, while both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons were restricted to four-wheel drive and chained vehicles.
The Salt Lake and Tooele valleys expected a break from the snow through much of Wednesday, though there was a chance for showers by sundown. Temperatures were to rise into the low-30s with overnight lows in the upper-teens — the same as forecast for Tuesday.
Southern Utahns looked for sunny to party cloudy skies with highs in the low-50s and lows around 30 degrees.
The Utah Avalanche Center rated all the state’s mountains at "moderate" risk for potentially deadly snowslides.
The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability statewide as "green," or healthy, going into the mid-week.