Utah forecast: Sunny, drier weekend for Wasatch Front
Here's a gift from Mother Nature for the weekend: a sunny, drier forecast than had been expected.
As a Pacific storm front accelerated its eastward movement through Utah early Friday, the National Weather Service cancelled a Winter Weather Advisory that had been in place for the Wasatch Front and western Uintas.
While valley rain and mountain snow showers should taper off through Friday, the revised forecast for Saturday calls for mostly clear skies and high temperatures in the mid-50s on Saturday.
None of this surprised southern Utahns, however. They already anticipated a spring-like weekend with highs around 70 degrees under sunny and clear skies.
The modified forecasts accompanied some easing in mountain backcountry avalanche risk ratings. The Utah Avalanche Center rated only the Uintas at "considerable" risk for potentially deadly snowslides, while the rest of the state's slopes earned "moderate" grades.
The Utah Division of Air Quality, meanwhile, graded the entire state as "green," or healthy for breathing conditions going into the weekend.