Lake effect snow is a “distinct possibility” early Thursday in areas southwest of the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake, according to the National Weather Service.
An expected storm could bring snow showers to northern Utah and central Utah mountains early Thursday. There also could be rain mixed with snow during the Thursday commute along the Wasatch Front and “light accumulations” of snow on the benches.
Commuters traveling through Parleys Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, on Interstate 80, or Interstate 84 should use extra caution in case of wet, slushy or snow covered roads, the National Weather Service recommended.
A hard freeze hit much of the state early Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Late Wednesday, a hard freeze warning was issued for all of Sevier County through early Thursday.
Temperatures as low as 23 degrees Fahrenheit are expected overnight, prompting urgent calls to protect sensitive plants and exposed pipes from the Weather Service. The warning was also issued to parts of Duchesne County.
In Salt Lake City, the forecast highs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are 39, 47, 54 and 57 degrees, respectively. Overnight lows will be in the 30s, and could hit freezing Thursday night.
Average high temperatures in mid-October in Salt Lake City are in the mid-60s, and average low temperatures are in the mid-40s, according to the weather service.
In southwestern Utah, there’s nothing but sun in the forecast through Saturday, and few clouds on Sunday. Temperatures will warm from 68 Thursday to 78 Friday, 78 Saturday and 79 Sunday, with lows in the 40s.