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Sun, rain, wind and snow all expected for Utah today

Published March 6, 2012 4:09 pm

Weather • Storms expected to start midday in Utah.
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From sun, to wind, to rain, and yes, even some snow. Utah residents were expected to see some of each before the day ended Tuesday.

While the day was expected to start off clear, the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said a strong cold front was expected to push into the state midday just ahead of a cold storm system. That storm system was expected to bring with it rain and snow.

In northern Utah, which was free of watches or advisories, rain was expected to start before noon and continue through the evening hours. After 11 p.m., the weather service said there was a chance the rain could change to snow, but accumulations were expected to be less than an inch in the valleys. That chance of snow was expected to linger through Wednesday morning.

The snow was expected to be particularly heavy in much of west central and southwest Utah. Parts of western Utah, including Delta, Beaver and Cedar City, were under a winter storm warning from 5 p.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Wednesday because significant new snowfall totals were expected. The snow was predicted to start in the overnight hours and continue through Wednesday afternoon.

Those same areas were also under a high wind warning through Tuesday evening with wind gusts expected up to 60 mph. As the snow starts to accumulate, the weather service warned the winds could cause drifting snow and reduced visibility for motorists.

A less serious winter weather advisory was also in effect for parts of central Utah including Manti. A wind advisory was in place for much of southeastern Utah including Green River and Moab. That advisory also included St. George.

The Utah Avalanche Center rated all of Utah's mountain areas, with the exception of the Manti Skyline, at "considerable" risk for snow slides Tuesday. The Manti Skyline did not have a rating Tuesday morning.

The air quality statewide was "green," or good, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

Salt Lake City looked for a high temperature of 58 degrees on Tuesday and 44 on Wednesday; Ogden was expected to top out at 54 and 46, respectively; Provo, 59 and 43; Logan, 48 and 41; Wendover, 49 and 40; Duchesne, 55 and 45; Cedar City, 59 and 31; St. George, 71 and 49; and Moab, 68 and 53.


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