Recent mountain snowstorms have elevated the risk for potentially deadly backcountry avalanches throughout northern and eastern Utah going into the weekend.
The Utah Avalanche Center, noting the forecast for continuing, wind-blown snow in the Wasatch and Uinta mountains through Saturday and Sunday, gave its highest danger grade — "extreme" — to the western Uintas.
The mountains above Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo, along with central Utah’s Skyline district, were given "high" avalanche risk ratings, and southeastern Utah’s Moab region was at "considerable" risk for dangerous snowslides.
The Salt Lake and Tooele valleys can expect wet but comparatively mild weekend weather. High temperatures were to range into the upper 50s with overnight lows in the low 40s, and periodic rain showers were forecast.
Southern Utah expected partly cloudy but dry weather with highs in the mid-70s and overnight lows in the upper 40s.
The Utah Division of Air Quality gave "green," or healthy grades for all areas of the state going into the weekend.
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