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Winter storm leaves Utah; ski resorts to open early

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - One of the biggest snowstorms in years is finally winding down. This was a record breaker.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - One of the biggest snowstorms in years is finally winding down.  This was a record breaker.

Officially, 15" of snow fell at the Salt Lake City Airport, which set the daily snowfall record for Saturday.  It was a record amount of liquid precipitation as well, with many locations receiving between 1-3" of water equivalent. 

The lake effect machine will shut off on Sunday evening, and as the skies clear out, it will be very cold.  Most locations along the Wasatch Front will dip into the 10s Monday night. 

Be careful of black ice and slippery roads into Monday morning.  Some of the normally colder spots in the state will dip below zero, like the Uintas and the Wasatch high valleys. 

The west deserts around Milford could also see more record breaking cold.  Monday, temperatures will still be well below average.  Highs will stay in the 30s under partly cloudy skies. 

Temperatures will slowly moderate this week, reaching the 40s to around 50 by Wednesday. 

A weak storm will impact the state on Friday, with scattered light rain and snow showers depending on elevation. 

The ski areas are sitting in a golden position, as they start to open up this week.  The Cottonwood Canyon resorts all saw nearly 50". The Park City resorts saw between 24-36". Brighton will be the first to open on Tuesday. Solitude will follow on Thursday.  Alta and Brianhead will start running lift service on Friday. Park City and Snowbird will spin lifts starting on Saturday. Canyons will open the day after Thanksgiving. 

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