It should feel more like fall in Utah soon — after a possible freeze

But temperatures in much of the state will remain below average.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Trees explode with fall color along the confluence of Red Pine Road Trail and Little Water Trail at the top of Millcreek Canyon on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.

After a possible freeze early Friday, it should feel more like fall in Utah, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow showers are possible Thursday, which could bring winter driving conditions to northern and central Utah, especially at elevations of 5,000 or more. There could also be “brief, local, heavy snow showers” across the Wasatch Front early Thursday with accumulations of 2-4 inches in some areas, tapering off in the afternoon.

Early Friday, freezing temperatures are possible across urban areas of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber and Utah counties. But later that day, sunny skies are expected to return, extending at least into the middle of next week.

Though it will warm up, temperatures will remain below average for this time of year. The forecast for Salt Lake City calls for a high of 47 on Friday, 51 on Saturday, 61 on Sunday, 52 on Monday, 50 on Tuesday and 55 on Wednesday. Overnight lows are expected to be in the 30s and low 40s.

The average high temperature for this time of year is in the low to mid-60s, with overnight lows in the low to mid-40s.

There’s nothing but sun in the forecast for southwestern Utah through the middle of next week, and temperatures in the St. George area will also be closer to normal — from 66 on Thursday to 69 on Friday and the mid-70s from Saturday through Wednesday, with lows in the 40s.

The average high temperatures in St. George in mid-October are in the 70s with lows in the 60s.