It will come after Saturday’s parade in downtown Salt Lake City, but St. Patrick’s Day is shaping up to be a cold and blustery day filled with rain and snow.
Meteorologists forecast that a storm will arrive late Saturday and last through Sunday, bringing rain and small amounts of snow to the valleys, as well as two to six inches of fresh powder in the mountains. Besides dropping temperatures into the 40s in most places, the storm is also expected to howl in like a banshee, with gusty winds reaching about 45 mph.
For those who want to try their luck in the wintry back country, be warned — the Utah Avalanche Center predicts that the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo-area mountains will be at a considerable risk for slides on Sunday. The Uintas, Logan and Skyline regions also have a moderate chance for avalanches.
But as the Irish blessing goes, in part, “for every storm, a rainbow.” After the storm blows over Sunday night, northern Utahns can expect to wake up Monday to a partly sunny day with slightly warmer temperatures.
Southern Utahns can still expect to enjoy spring-like weather both Sunday and Monday, including some light wind.
Salt Lake City is due for a high of 49 on Sunday and 53 on Monday; Provo, 51 and 53, respectively; Ogden, 44 and 48; Tooele, 48 and 53; Logan, 40 and 43; Park City, 41 and 44; Wendover, 54 and 53; Duchesne, 49 both days; St. George, 75 and 73; Cedar City, 59 both days; Moab, 64 both days.