2021 will end with snow and cold; 2022 will start with more snow and cooler temperatures


Temperatures will be lower than usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kamren Nielson digs his car out of heavy snow in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, December 15, 2021. More snow is expected on New Year’s Eve.

There will be snow and cold temperatures when 2021 ends, and more snow and even colder temperatures when 2022 begins, according to the National Weather Service.

The chance of snow in Salt Lake City by Thursday afternoon is 60%, with a possible half an inch of snow accumulation – and more in other areas. By Thursday night, that chance increases to 90%, possibly another 2-4 inches, and temperatures will drop to a 20-year low overnight.

It won’t be much warmer than Friday. The forecast high in Salt Lake City is just 28 and up to 6 inches of snow is possible. And it will be very cold on New Year’s Eve – the lowest expected overnight is 11.

The cold spell will last into New Year’s Day, with daytime highs of 19 and overnight lows of 7 on Saturday. That’s significantly lower than normal for this time of year. In Salt Lake City, the average New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day high is 37, and the average overnight low is 24, according to the National Weather Service.

(December 31 record high was 62 in 1996; record low was -7 in 1990. Jan 1 record high was 58 in 1997; record low was -4 in 1974)

More snow is likely on Saturday, but less than an inch of extra accumulation is forecast.

It will be warmer on Sunday, but not by much – the daytime high is 28 and the overnight low is 16 out of 20.

A winter weather notice remains in effect in the Wasatch Mountains, western Uintas Mountains, Wasatch Plateau/Scale Book, and mountains of central Utah through 5 a.m. Saturday, with snow expected ants are 1-2 feet and more in some areas. Heaviest snow forecast for Thursday afternoon and Thursday night

Expect winter driving conditions, including snowy roads, blowing snow, and reduced visibility.

In southern Utah, there will be rain mixed with snow on Thursday, turning into all-out rain. And more rain on Friday. Daytime highs are expected in the mid-40s, and cold on New Year’s Eve, with lows just above 20.

The sun is back on New Year’s Day, with a peak of 34 and an overnight low of 19. Sunny skies will continue through Wednesday, with daytime temperatures rising again into the 40s. 2021 will end with snow and cold; 2022 will start with more snow and cooler temperatures

Yasmin Harisha

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