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Utah forecast: March comes in like a . . . wet, irritable kitten
OK, so March isn't coming in like a lion. But, at least, the Utah version of the third month of the year could be one wet, irritable kitten.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for an area that included Utah's mountainous spine, from Logan running south through Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Nephi, Richfield and Cedar City to St. George, as well as northeastern Utah's Vernal and central-eastern Utah's Price and Green River.
The advisory, which kicks in at 5 p.m. Friday and was to run through 5 p.m. Saturday, called for new snow of 5-10 inches in the mountains and a mix of rain and snow in lower elevations. Winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts topping 65 mph along the ridge lines, were expected to make travel through the passes icy and dicey.
A pocket of southeastern Utah encompassing Monticello earned a Winter Storm Warning beginning 6 p.m. Friday and running through Sunday afternoon. Snow of 10-20 inches was predicted for the mountains there, whipped by winds of 40 mph.
The Wasatch Front looked for high temperatures Saturday in the mid-50s, down about 10 degrees from Friday's forecast. Intermittent rain showers and winds of 15-25 mph are on the menu, too.
Southern Utahns expected highs around 60 degrees with periodic rain showers and winds of 10-20 mph this weekend.
The Utah Division of Air Quality declared all monitoring stations reporting "green" or healthy breathing conditions through the weekend.
The Utah Avalanche Center rated the Uintas at "high" risk for potentially deadly backcountry snowslides, while a "considerable" grade was given to the Skyline district and the mountains above Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and Moab were rated "moderate" for avalanche danger.