A cold front is headed for Utah on Tuesday, turning summer-like weather into fall. And there is even some snow in the forecast.
According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures in the Salt Lake City area will drop from the mid-80s on Monday to the upper 60s on Tuesday and the upper 50s on Wednesday — temperatures “more typical of late October than late September.”
The cold front will push through northern Utah late morning or early afternoon on Tuesday, and continue through the rest of the state on Tuesday night. High temperatures will drop by Wednesday to 15-20 degrees below seasonal normals, the weather service tweeted.
There is a 40% chance of rain in Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon; a 30% chance on Tuesday night; and a 20% chance Wednesday morning. According to the weather service, “on the whole, this system will not deliver any thirst-quenching rain.” But some “lucky areas” may pick up 1/10 or 2/10 of an inch of rain.
Snow levels will drop to about 9,000 feet in the Uintas and central mountains, with a “dusting” to a couple of inches at the highest elevations.
In Salt Lake City, temperatures will rebound a bit after Wednesday — into the low 60s on Thursday and the high 60s and low 70s Friday through Sunday. There’s no freeze in the forecast for Salt Lake City, but overnight lows will be in the 40s Tuesday through Thursday.
There could be frost and hard freeze conditions in normally colder valleys, the National Weather Services warns.
In the St. George area, a high of 88 on Tuesday is expected. It’ll be 81 on Wednesday, and gradually warm back to near 90 on Sunday. There’s a 30% chance of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Patchy smoke in northern Utah will continue Tuesday morning. Patchy smoke is also expected in the St. George area Tuesday morning and afternoon.
Air quality will be moderate/yellow in Salt Lake County on Tuesday, according to the Utah Department of Air Quality, and improve to good/green on Wednesday. The same is true for Cache, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Tooele, Uintah, Utah and Weber/Box Elder counties.
Iron and Washington counties will be yellow on Tuesday and green on Wednesday.