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Utah forecast: Old Man Winter is no Santa; no snow for Christmas

Published December 24, 2011 12:14 pm

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If a white Christmas was what you dreamed of, well there's no "Ho, Ho, Ho" in this forecast for no snow.

Instead, northern Utahns will see mostly clear, bright weather with highs hovering around the 40s, a forecast mirroring that for Saturday. Lows will mostly be in the low teens.

Southern Utah's forecast will be similar, except high temperatures will approach the mid-50s with lows in the teens and 20s.

But if you just must have a mountain of snow to fuel your Christmas cheer, your best bet will be to pack up the car and drive into the mountains, because little more than frost will be available at the lower elevations.

The state's air quality gets a "green" — which, after all, matches your holiday tree color — for healthy breathing through the weekend.

The Utah Avalanche Center warned of elevated risks for dangerous snow slides on mountain slopes throughout the state, with Ogden, Salt Lake City, Logan, Provo and the western Uintas all getting "yellow" or moderate avalanche risk rankings and Moab earning "green" or low-risk grade.

Salt Lake City is pegged for a high of 40 on Christmas Day, Ogden 37 degrees, Provo 42, Logan 30, Wendover 31, Duchesne 28, Cedar City 41, St. George 53 and Moab 43 degrees.

remims@sltrib.com