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Utah forecast: Warmer days ahead after windy, wintry blast

First Published Mar 18 2014 07:18 am • Last Updated Mar 18 2014 01:20 pm

That wintry, wind blast that buffeted northern Utah into early Tuesday morning should give way to milder weather as the midweek arrives.

The National Weather Service let a Winter Weather Advisory for the Wasatch Mountains south of Interstate 80 expire at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Nearly a foot of new snow fell in some mountain locations, with periodic snow showers expected to continue in some higher elevations through the day.

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Northern Utah began Tuesday with winds in the 10-20 mph range, far less robust that the gusts that easily topped 60 mph in some locales Monday night, including Cache County’s Lewiston, where two barns were blown down.

The region’s high temperatures for Wednesday were to reach the upper-50s under partly cloudy skies, a rise of 10 degrees from Tuesday’s forecast.

In southern Utah, a Wind Advisory also expired at 8 a.m. Tuesday after gusts of 45 mph in the area’s canyons. However, it took about 2,400 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Emery County until nearly 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to completely recover from wind-related outages that hit Monday evening.

High temperatures Tuesday should range into the mid-60s for Utah’s Dixie, a few degrees cooler than forecast for Wednesday.

The Utah Avalanche Center began Tuesday by rating the Ogden and Salt Lake mountains, along with the Uintas, at "considerable" risk for potentially deadly snowslides; Logan, Provo and Moab districts earned "moderate" avalanche risk grades.

The Utah Division of Air Quality said breathability was in the "green," or health air quality zone going into the midweek.

For more extensive forecast information, visit the Tribune’s weather page at: www.sltrib.com/weather.


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