UTAH WEATHER: Frosty start gives way to a cool fall day

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Happy Wednesday! Many parts of Utah, including our mountain valleys like Cache and Iron Counties, had a freezing start to the day!

The back of the Wasatch saw those 30s start to the day, and our crisp, crisp fall air will stick around today. After the passage of our cold front and persistent morning showers, daytime highs will only climb to 60 degrees today along the Wasatch Front. High temperatures will target the upper 50s today in eastern and parts of central Utah, with even our hottest location, St. George, well below average with a high of 79 expected. Storms and wet weather will target eastern Utah today, with the rest of the state remaining cool and drier.

The cooler air is the result of this flow from the north following a cold front that swept through the state. While the morning showers persisted as they pushed east, partly cloudy skies will dominate the rest of our cool Wednesday. The gusty winds helped push some of the smoke from the wildfires east, so air quality should improve for today. Clean air is expected in the watch counties, even with light smoke trying to drift back into the valleys.

Overnight lows will be cold again with low temperatures of 40 in Salt Lake City and at higher elevations like Park City the lows will again head towards freezing. In generally cooler valleys, a hard freeze will be possible this evening, including Cache County and the Bear River Valley. There’s a small chance we’ll see some lingering mountain showers on Thursday and Friday, mostly in eastern Utah, but overall calmer conditions are expected. Expect dry conditions and a warming trend for the remainder of the work week. You can also expect closer to normal temperatures in the low to mid-70s in northern Utah this time of year by the weekend.

At the end of the line ? A beautiful fall day is shaping up for much of the state with below average temperatures and drying conditions.

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