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STORM DEPOSITS SNOW, RAIN AS UTAH GETS READY FOR MORE

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Wednesday's storm left 2 to 11 inches of snow at some of the ski resorts and copious amounts of water in many areas of the state.

And what looks like a big storm - one that could leave a foot or more of new snow in the mountains and several inches in the valleys - is forecast for the weekend, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.Meanwhile, widely scattered rain or snow showers were expected Thursday statewide - but mainly in the north. It will be partly cloudy Friday, with south winds and scattered rain showers on Saturday. Temperatures will turn colder Sunday, with rain changing to snow in the valleys.

"It looks like a big storm with our first snow in the lower valleys," Alder said.

Temperatures Thursday night will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Friday it will be in the mid 50s, increasing to the low 60s on Saturday; however, readings may not get out of the 40s on Sunday. It was 31 degrees - 1 degree below freezing - at 6:44 a.m. Thursday at the Salt Lake International Airport. That was the coldest morning reading so far this fall.

A total of 11 inches of snow had fallen as of early Thursday at the top of Solitude, while Snowbird measured 10 inches; Park West, 2; Snow Basin, 4; Powder Mountain, 6; Deer Valley, 4; Alta, 8; Coalville, 2; Richfield and Joseph, both Sevier County, and Cedar City and Flaming Gorge, 1; Fairview Canyon, 8 to 10; and Duck Creek, Kane County, 3 inches.

Precipitation totals from the storm included: Milford, 1.17 inches; Midway, 1.24; Spanish Fork, 1.12; Ogden, 1.55; Brigham City, 1.15; Historic Farm in Cache Valley, 1.82; Wellsville, 2.30; Young Ward, Cache County, 2; Payson, 0.82; Holladay, 0.75; Alta, 0.92; Brighton, 1.5; Centerville, 1.04; Cedar City, 0.55; Joseph, 0.72; and 0.53 at the Salt Lake International Airport, a record amount of precipitation for any Oct. 23 date. The previous record for the date at the airport was 0.52, measured Oct. 23, 1972.

Wind gusts hit 58 mph about midnight Wednesday in St. George.