Utahns should see a respite from harsh weather that over the past week has brought sub-zero degree temperatures, heavy snows and multi-car pileups from Beaver to Centerville.

Bill Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, said a major winter storm that had been predicted to hit Salt Lake Saturday will instead only brush the state."We'll get a little snow, but not much," Alder said. "It won't be good (weather) but it won't be bad either."

Alder predicts maybe an inch of snow in the valleys along the Wasatch Front, and 3 to 6 inches in the mountains. The brunt of the storm is now moving south out of Oregon into California and is expected to clobber southern Nevada.

The frigid cold should continue to loosen its grip on Utah. While Thursday's high temperature of 20 was a record low, by Friday the temperatures were expected to reach 30, and then continue warming into the mid 30s over the weekend.

The change will be particularly welcomed by Utah motorists. Wednesday, a 40-car pileup on I-15 about 10 miles south of Beaver closed the highway for about an hour.