After a blast of winter, Utah is headed back to fall
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Customers on final day of the Salt Lake City Farmer's Market on Saturday — before a cold front crossed Utah — were treated to apples, honey, pumpkins, tomatoes, tart cherries, onions, garlic, peppers, squash and zucchini. No snow is expected on the pumpkins this Halloween.
After a Sunday that brought snow, high winds and frigid temperatures, Utah’s weather will bounce back to something more like fall than winter as we head toward Halloween on Saturday.
But first — a low of 20 degrees on Monday morning broke a 142-year-old record for the coldest Oct. 26 on record in Salt Lake City, according to the National Weather Service. It dipped to 22 way back in 1878.
Sunday’s high temperature of 48 in Salt Lake City came at 12:48 a.m.; the low was 21 at 11:52 p.m. That’s two degrees higher than the record low of 19 set in 1932.
The National Weather Service canceled a high wind warning for most of Utah on Monday morning, although gusts up to 40 mph near the mouth of Weber Canyon and up to 30 mph near the mouth of Parleys canyon may continue through midmorning.
In southern Utah, a high wind warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Monday for the canyons of Washington County, with winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.
The cold front that brought the winds left behind snow across much of northern Utah on Sunday, ranging from a dusting in most areas to a few inches in others. Officially, Salt Lake City got an inch of snow, according to the NWS. There’s no precipitation in the forecast through the weekend, and temperatures — which dipped into the teens in many areas and are expected to remain below freezing on Monday — will steadily rise.
The forecast high for the Salt Lake City area on Monday is just 31, according to the NWS, but expect temperatures near 40 on Tuesday, 47 on Wednesday, 54 on Thursday, 59 on Friday and 58 on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight lows will be in the 20s early in the week, the 30s mid-week; and the low 40s this coming weekend.
Southern Utah will have its own cold spell Monday, with a high of just 47 and an overnight love of 31 in the St. George area. But temperatures will jump after that — 59 on Tuesday; 69 on Wednesday; and the low- to mid-70s Thursday-Sunday.