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Utah forecast: It gets better

First Published      Last Updated Mar 01 2014 08:52 pm

After a stormy night of high-speed winds and unrelenting rain, the worst, forecasters said Saturday, is over.

The rain will lighten, the winds will ease and temperatures will rise over the weekend, giving way to a pleasant spring-like Monday.

Spotty showers are expected to continue throughout the state Saturday, but by Sunday, most areas should see little to no precipitation. It will remain cloudy until Monday, when the sun is predicted to break through.

"The winds are going to abate … " said National Weather Service forecaster Lisa Verzella. "Monday looks really nice."

Overnight wind gusts reached up to 80 miles per hour in the mountains and blew at nearly 50 miles per hour in the valleys.

Rainfall was plentiful, too.

In the mountains, Verzella said, more than half an inch of rain fell. Ogden saw nearly a third of an inch and in Salt Lake City, there was just more than a tenth of an inch of rain.

Precipitation is expected to taper off throughout Saturday, which is good news for areas in South Weber County, which had four homes evacuated Friday as record-setting rain triggered a minor mudslide.

More rain could mean more problems.

According to the Weber County Sheriff's Office, no overnight mudslides were reported Saturday, but a minor rock slide near the Pineview area blocked State Road 158 briefly in the morning.

Temperatures, which hovered in the 40s and 50s along the Wasatch Front, are also expected to increase in coming days.

The predicted high for Sunday is in the mid-50s in the Salt Lake Valley.


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