The Oquirrhs actually receive quite a bit of lake effect, as much as upper Little Cottonwood Canyon and, because they receive less precipitation from other storms, lake-effect contributes a greater fraction of their cool-season snowfall (about 8%).
Forecasts of lake effect are notoriously tricky. Although we've improved a lot in anticipating when lake-effect is possible, specifics on location and amount remain very challenging. We have a paper that just came out in which we simulated 13 past events over the Great Salt Lake using a next generation, high-resolution forecast model with 1.33 km grid spacing and found the model skill to be about the equivalent of what we find for summertime thunderstorms. In addition, the model frequently produced intense lake-effect bands during situations when only non-banded lake-effect was observed.
We still have a lot of work to do in this area!