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Cold temperatures to kick off the New Year in Utah


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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Happy New Year, Utah!

It was certainly a messy start to the day with rainy weather widespread across the state. As we progress through the afternoon the chance of snow will gradually decrease in northern Utah. However, along the Wasatch front to the south and east of the Great Salt Lake, we will keep a chance of snow until tonight as a lake effect could develop. .

Meanwhile, for central and southern Utah, it will take longer for the snow to clear, so we’ll keep a great deal of luck this afternoon before gradually easing on Friday night. In southern Utah, in lower areas like St. George, periods of rain are likely.

For our mountains, the snow is expected to persist until tonight and possibly last until Saturday afternoon, mainly in northern Utah. Daytime highs will be a bit cooler than yesterday for most with 20s and 30s for northern Utah and 30s and 40s for southern Utah.

Considering the recent snow in the mountains, Friday presents high avalanche danger for just about all of our mountains. An avalanche warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Avoid backcountry and slopes above 30 degrees.

With the chance of rain mostly this evening, the New Years celebrations are shaping up to be dry, however, it will be COLD. As this humid weather-causing system moves away, it will drag much cooler air behind it. For Friday night, we’ll see temperatures drop among teens along the Wasatch Front, to single digits for the Wasatch Back and even into 20 in St. George. With a cool north-westerly wind, it will be even colder.

For New Years Day, apart from a slight risk of snow in our mountains, we will consider a day with persistent sunshine and cold temperatures. Highs will be below average with areas like Park City stuck in their teens, Salt Lake City will only reach a high of 23, and southern Utah at lower elevations will only climb to 30.

We will get even colder tomorrow night than tonight meaning that single digit troughs will be possible along the Wasatch Front. As we wrap up the weekend and move into the start of next week, temperatures will moderate, however Sunday and Monday will likely bring a northern valley inversion haze. It doesn’t seem to last too long, as another system seems to bring mostly northern Utah another chance for wet weather.

Take-out? The risk of rain is decreasing this evening, but it will be very cold!

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Mary Cashion

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