Utah forecast: Brace for the Three Faces of . . . Ma Nature
Utah’s weather forecast for the midweek? Well, did you ever see "The Three Faces of Eve?"
Depending on where you are in the state, Ma Nature was displaying one of several different climatological personalities: In the northern two-thirds of the state, she was a wet, blustery matron; in the southwest, she came on as wintry shrew; and in the southeastern quarter she wielded an atmospheric whip, sending high-profile vehicles scurrying for cover as winds gusted to nearly 60 mph.
Just another disassociative Utah spring.
The National Weather Service, warning of wind-driven valley rain and mountain snow, issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook advisory in effect through Thursday; a Wind Advisory was in place through 10 p.m. Wednesday for southcentral Utah, the San Rafael Swell and Glen Canyon Recreation Area, including Lake Powell; and a Winter Weather Advisory was ordered for the southern Utah mountains, also through 10 p.m. Wednesday, with up to 10 inches of snow forecast for the mountains and several inches of the white stuff expected in the region’s valleys.
If you didn’t mind getting wet, stuck in snow drifts or toppled by the wind, at least air quality was good. The Utah Division of Air Quality rated the entire state as "green," or healthy.
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Routes along the Wasatch Front valleys will occasionally run wet under showers from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.
Wet roads with periods of road slush under heavier snow showers, especially near the summits, will impact northern and central mountain routes Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. Road slush will be most common Thursday morning. Some impacted routes include I-80 over Parley’s Summit, Highway 89 over Logan Summit, Highway 40 over Daniel’s Summit and near Strawberry Reservoir, and Highway 6 over Soldier Summit.
Periods of road slush/snow and blowing snow will impact southern mountain routes Wednesday afternoon. Some impacted routes include the summits of I-70 between Salina and Fremont Jct., SR-143, SR-14, SR-153, SR-12, SR-24, and SR-72.
Crosswind gusts of 45-55 mph will impact portions of SR-95 between Hanksville and the Colorado River Wednesday afternoon.
— Source: Utah Department of Transportation