You know all that terrible weather they’re getting in the eastern two-thirds of the country? We’re not going to see anything even close to that in Utah for the foreseeable future, according to the National Weather Service.
Well, it’s not like the 200 million-plus people affected by the early blast of cold arctic air were worried about Utahns when we were getting hit with record-breaking cold at the end of October.
Hundreds of low-temperature records are expected to be broken from Montana to Texas to New York to Florida, with snow in some areas and heavy rain in others. But temperatures are expected to be relatively mild and there's little chance of any precipitation in Utah.
Forecast highs in the Salt Lake City area are in the mid- to upper 50s through Friday, and overnight lows will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s. It will cool down a bit over the weekend — the forecast high on both Saturday and Sunday is 49 — but rise back into the low 50s on Monday.
It's not like Utah's weather is going to be perfect, however. The inversion isn't going away until Saturday at the earliest, when there's a “slight chance of rain,” according to the NWS. And that also means there's only a slight chance that air quality will improve.
Because of the inversion, temperatures in Park City are expected to be a few degrees warmer than in Salt Lake City this week, although nighttime lows will dip below freezing at higher elevations.
And in St. George, weather records will continue to be broken in a way that locals wish they weren’t. It’s a perfectly pleasant forecast through Monday, with lots of sun, highs in the upper-60s and low-70s and lows well above freezing.
But there's no precipitation at all in the forecast through the beginning of next week. And as of Tuesday, St. George has gone 148 days without rain, smashing the previous record of 121 days set in 1929.
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