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Utah forecast: New series of mountain snowstorms on the way

Published February 11, 2014 9:03 am

Avalanche danger • Mountain backcountry is at "high" risk statewide.
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Snowstorms were forecast to make an icy, gusty return on Wednesday in northern Utah.

The National Weather Service put the Wasatch Mountains north of Interstate 80 under a Winter Storm Watch beginning Wednesday morning and running through Friday morning. Up to 2 feet of new snow is expected to fall at elevations of 6,000 feet and above; rain showers are predicted expected along benches and in valleys.

The new snow will keep the risk for potentially deadly snowslides in the backcountry at "high" for all mountain areas of the state with the exception of Moab, where the Utah Avalanche Center graded risk at "considerable."

At least the atmospheric mixing prompted by the storms is keeping the air clean. The Utah Division of Air Quality rated breathability in the "green," or healthy category statewide through the mid-week.

High temperatures Wednesday in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys were to range into the low 50s. Mostly cloudy skies and periodic rain showers were on the climatological tap.

Southern Utahns looked for partly cloudy skies turning to sunny horizons and daytime highs in the low to mid-60s.

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