Utah forecast: Wet, windy weekend ahead
The National Weather Service warned of a wet and wild denouement to the week as the first of a series of wind-driven storms approached the region.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook was in place Thursday through the weekend. The first pulse of the new late-winter storms began bringing valley rains and mountain snows late Thursday morning, strengthening toward evening and into early Friday.
Rainfall along the Wasatch Front, heavy at times, was to be accompanied by lightning and thunder. In the mountains, 4-8 inches of snow was forecast for elevations of 5,500 feet and higher — though it was expected to accumulate in significant amounts only above 8,000 feet.
The storms will be accompanied by winds of up to 40 mph, especially across western and southern Utah. A second wave of precipitation was expected to hit Saturday and Sunday.
Temperatures along the Wasatch Front were to range into the mid-50s Friday with gusty rain showers pelting the area in the early morning and late-afternoon.
Southern Utahns also expected breezy weather and occasional rain through Friday and into the weekend. Daytime highs were predicted to reach the low-60s.
The Utah Division of Air Quality declared all monitoring stations reporting "green" or healthy breathing conditions.
The Utah Avalanche Center rated the Uintas at "considerable" risk for potentially deadly backcountry snowslides, while "moderate" grades were given to the mountains above Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and Moab.