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S. UTAH MOUNTAINS MAY GET UP TO FOOT OF SNOW OVER WEEKEND

Winter is still zeroing in on southern Utah. A winter storm watch has been issued for the southern mountains Saturday and Saturday night.

Six to 12 or more inches of snow could fall in the mountains, the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service said.Some southwest valleys may receive heavy rainfall. Lesser amounts of rain and snow will fall across the remainder of Utah.

Mountain roadways are likely to become slippery and snow-packed, and visibility for driving is expected to be poor because of blowing snow, meteorologists said.

Cloudy skies and increasingly unsettled weather over the southwestern part of the state were expected to keep minimum temperatures in fruit orchards well above critical levels Friday night. With very little change in the general weather pattern, temperatures will only be a few degrees cooler Saturday night. However, colder air is expected to invade the area by early next week. Fruit growers may want to closely monitor weather conditions, the weather service said.