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Cold temps settle in after winter storms; avalanche danger still high

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Posted at 8:23 AM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 10:24:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Cold temperatures have settled in after a series of winter storms pummeled the state.

On Christmas Day, Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys accumulated about two feet of snow. About a foot of snow piled up in Utah County.

Nearly all the ski resorts received snow accumulation with Sundance Mountain Resort obtaining the most with 19 inches overnight.

View all snow totals here: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=UT&prodtype=public

The flurries are now expected to stop while temperatures plummet, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service reports today’s high in Salt Lake City is expected to 15 degrees with a low of 2 degrees.

Sunday’s high is anticipated to be 24 degrees with a low of 9 degrees.

While the temperatures are slightly below normal, they are not record breaking, said Eric Schoening, meteorologist with the national weather service.

Schoening said an inversion will move into the Salt Lake Valley over the weekend.

Avalanche conditions continue to be a danger in the backcountry.

The Utah Avalanche Center released an advisory for the Salt Lake area mountains stating the danger for human- and natural-triggered avalanches is considerable.

“Today and tomorrow are classic avalanche accident conditions,” the advisory states.