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Expect gusty winds — and maybe snow! — in northern Utah this weekend

And there’s fire danger in the southernmost part of the state.

(National Weather Service) Gusty thunderstorms winds are expected Friday afternoon and evening across portions of northern and central Utah. Wind gusts over 45 mph are possible.

There’s a gusty wind warning in northern and central Utah on Friday, and a red flag warning in southern Utah. And temperatures are expected to drop on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Gusty and erratic winds may accompany scattered thunderstorms, causing crosswinds that could blow loose objects around and create rough conditions on area lakes — including Bear Lake.

There’s a 20% chance of rain in the Salt Lake City area on Friday after 3 p.m., rising to 70% overnight — and, after 3 a.m., there’s a 30% chance of rain mixed with snow. No accumulation is expected.

Friday’s forecast high is 75, and the overnight low falls all the way to 39. Saturday’s high is 54, and the daytime highs will remain in the mid- to upper 50s and the overnight lows in the high 30s to low 40s through Tuesday.

And it could be even colder in other areas. There’s a hard freeze warning in the Cache Valley on Saturday night into Sunday morning. And the NWS is forecasting patchy frost on the Wasatch Front from Ogden north, as well as “normally colder locations” in west central and southwest Utah.

(Courtesy of the National Weather Service) A Red Flag Warning is in effect for portions of southern Utah from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday.

Fire danger is high in St. George, Zion National Park, Kanab and other areas of southwest Utah — a red flag warning is in effect from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday. Winds of 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, are in the forecast, along with relative humidity as low as 5%.

Temperatures will also fall a bit, but not nearly as dramatically as in northern Utah. Expect a high of 91 in St. George on Friday, then highs in the mid-80s through Tuesday.

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