Cold front, wet conditions start Tuesday, freezing air ends


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Happy Tuesday, Utah! After an incredibly balmy Monday with daytime highs five to 15 degrees above the state average, weather changes have arrived. A cold front will bring some freezing air into northern Utah, and even temperatures will drop a few degrees in the southern part of the state.

We start the day with early morning commuters facing the risk of patchy rain in the valleys and mountain snow in northern Utah associated with the front. Light showers will impact the Wasatch Front in the morning, with the possibility of isolated showers towards Utah County, Castle Country and Uinta Basin.

Any wet weather will likely occur during the first half of the day. Snow levels will drop to between 6,500 and 7,000 feet and light accumulations between 1 and 3 inches are expected in the north. Higher elevations near the Utah & Idaho line could see a few inches of snow and further south in the Wasatch, like the poplars, could receive an inch or two.

It is also not excluded that the central mountains also see isolated snow showers. In the afternoon, our cold front leaves the state and the humidity moves east. Today’s daytime highs along the Wasatch Front will climb to the low and the mid-1950s before the northwest flow really sets in. Clouds will linger over lunchtime, but then begin to dissipate, allowing freezing temperatures to take over much of the state.

A frosty night is coming with temperatures plummeting and Salt Lake City is expected to drop below zero by dawn on Wednesday. If we see a freeze, it will equal the last record freeze recorded in Salt Lake City. Even St. George will drop to nearly 40 Tuesday night. Wednesday will be a cool day. Instead of above average temperatures we will be around 5-10 degrees below average with Salt Lake City staying in the low 40s during the afternoon!

While we are a little calm in the middle of the week, we might see another storm system impacting us at the end of the work week. Stay tuned!

At the end of the line ? A cold front will start our day with the potential for wet weather and let in some freezing air!

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