Although there wasn't too much to brag about, rain actually fell early Wednesday in parts of northern Utah.

And with the rain the fog, smog and dirty air disappeared.Wednesday morning, 0.19 of an inch of rain had fallen at the Salt Lake International Airport, where Bill Alder and other National Weather Service meteorologists were recalling that about 16 days have elapsed since any precipitation was measured.

And then only 0.01 of an inch of rain fell Jan. 28.

"You have to go back to Jan. 15 to the time when we had a decent storm," Alder said. On that date 0.65 of an inch of moisture was recorded at the airport.

More than 2 inches of new snow had fallen by midmorning Wednesday at Alta; 6 inches at Solitude; and 3 inches at Park City.

Intermittent rain was expected off and on Wednesday in the valleys. The precipitation is expected to taper off Wednesday night and Thursday. Although there could be some snow showers in the mountains, the weather pattern looks basically dry Thursday and Friday. Another little storm system could move in Saturday and Sunday, producing rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains. But a big storm is not forecast, Alder said.