Powder snow is possible in Salt Lake City as temperatures drop over the weekend

After unusually warm weather, a cold front moves through the state on Saturday.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) On Saturday, March 5, 2022, snow will fall on Salt Lake City. It’s expected to snow in Utah this weekend, with powder expected in the valleys and an accumulation of about a foot or more in the mountains.

A cold front will sweep through the state Saturday afternoon, bringing temperatures as high as 20 degrees to northern Utah by early Monday.

This weekend’s cold storm is expected to bring “significant pre-season snow accumulation” to the mountains of northern Utah, according to the National Weather Service. But snow is also likely on the benches – and possible in the valleys.

The incoming weather system will be particularly cold by October standards in Utah, the weather service said. And it will follow an unusually warm Friday, with temperatures expected in the low 70s (10 degrees above normal) in Salt Lake City and in the low 80s (5 degrees above normal) in St. George.

Temperatures will hit about 60 degrees early Saturday in Salt Lake City, but when the cold front arrives in the afternoon they will drop into the 40s and then into the mid-30s overnight.

Salt Lake City has a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday and a 60 percent chance of rain — possibly mixed with snow — on Sunday when the forecast high is just 44.

Snow depth will begin at 8,500 feet Saturday afternoon and will approach valley floors by Sunday morning.

In the mountains, accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected, with some areas getting more than a foot of snow. The higher passes of I-15 and I-70 and the Cove Fort area could experience “heavy rain/snow or possibly snow” Saturday night, the weather service advised.

How Much Snow Could Salt Lake City Get?

It is unclear how much snow the valleys could see; The weather service did not make any concrete predictions. But there is “the potential for snow to mix into the valleys of northern and central Utah from Sunday afternoon through Sunday night.”

There is also “certainly a window for lake-effect snow” as colder temperatures sweep across the relatively warm Great Salt Lake, the Weather Service said.

The “highest probability” of snow accumulation on the northern valley floors extends roughly from Bountiful across the Salt Lake Valley to the Tooele Valley.

The first “hard frost” of autumn is likely in the valleys on early Monday, temperatures below 28 degrees are possible. That could kill or damage crops and freeze external pipes.

As the sun rises, Monday morning temperatures will soar to almost 50 degrees. There is a low chance of rain with an otherwise mostly sunny sky.

Tuesday brings partly sunny skies, a high near 50 and a slight chance of rain and snow. Wednesday will see a high of around 56.

In southwest Utah, a high of about 76 is expected in St. George on Saturday, falling to 59 on Sunday.

There is a 60% chance of rain on Saturday evening and 30% on Sunday. After a high in the low 60s on Monday, temperatures are expected to dip back into the high 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/10/21/utah-snow-forecast-powder/ Powder snow is possible in Salt Lake City as temperatures drop over the weekend

Justin Scacco

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