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Spring snow on its way to Utah

Published April 26, 2014 7:22 pm

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Winter just won't let go.

Spring rain was to turn to snow across central and northern Utah overnight Saturday, giving way to brisk winds, cold temperatures and frozen precipitation throughout the state to close out the week.

The brunt of the storm, which will make its way through the valley Sunday, should lighten by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

But before then, Utah should prepare for the cold and the wet.

The weather service issued several advisories late Saturday, warning Utahns of hazardous conditions, including snow, gusty northwest winds, temperatures that are expected to dip into the low-30s, and freezing rain.

The storm arrives after rain soaked the state Saturday — areas along the Wasatch Front and into the Cache Valley saw about an inch, while areas around the Great Salt Lake desert and mountains got more than 1 ½ inches.

Weather experts said there had been no reports of flooding and didn't expect any to arise overnight.

No snow accumulation was expected in the valleys either, but the mountains could get up to 3 to 6 inches of snow, with the possibility of up to a foot in high elevations, above 7,000 feet.

This snowfall is also likely to affect driving conditions and visibility, which could reduce to less than a mile in periods of heavy precipitation, the weather service warned.

Once the storm passes, the week will warm and drier conditions will prevail, said NWS forecaster Christine Kruse.

"Once we get past Monday afternoon, we're pretty much done," she said.

The Division of Air Quality gave the green light to breathe in deep through Monday, giving the state an across-the-board healthy rating.

The rain and snow will drive out most pollen in the region, though mulberry, maple and sycamore levels remain "very high," according to the Intermountain Mountain & Asthma's daily pollen count.

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