Thanksgiving forecast: Utah looks for sunny, mild autumn weather
Skiers beware • Slopes at ‘moderate’ risk for avalanches.
Published: November 21, 2012 09:53AM
Updated: November 21, 2012 07:43AM

Early 20th Century poet Edgar Albert Guest might sum up Utah’s holiday weather this way: “See the old table with all of its chairs, An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.”

The National Weather Service forecasts a sunny and cool Thanksgiving Day throughout the Wasatch Front. After Wednesday’s gusty, cloudy weather, Turkey Day will see a turn to the mild, with high temperatures in the upper-40s after overnight lows around freezing.

Wednesday’s partly cloudy skies also will give way to holiday sunshine in southern Utah, where Thursday’s temperatures were expected to soar to near 70 degrees after overnight readings in the mid-30s.

The Utah Avalanche Center put the risk of dangerous snowslides at “moderate” for mountain slopes throughout the state.

Air quality, meanwhile, will be “Green,” or healthy, if you decide to walk off some of that turkey after dinner on Thursday.

Salt Lake City looked for a high of 47 degrees on Thanksgiving Day, down sharply from Wednesday’s breezy yet warm 60; Ogden expected 46 and 57 degrees, respectively; Provo 51 and 60; Logan 44 and 54; Wendover 44 and 54; Duchesne 47 and 52; Cedar City 55 and 59; St. George 70 and 66; and Moab 58 and 62 degrees.