Cloudy, gusty and wetter weather was the forecast Wednesday for northern Utah, bringing at least a temporary halt to record-setting hot spring temperatures for the region earlier this week.
The mercury was to dip a few degrees in southern Utah, too, but with little chance of rain there and winds of up to 25 mph whipping through parched high desert vegetation, the risk for wildfires remained high.
Indeed, the National Weather Service issued a "Red Flag" or extreme risk warning for rapidly spreading blazes in the grasslands, sagebrush and forests of Utah's Dixie. That advisory also encompassed the western deserts from the state's northern to southern borders, as well as central and eastern Utah, from Wyoming in the north to the Arizona border to the south. That warning was to officially kick in at 9 a.m. Wednesday and run through 10 p.m.