1st we’re hot, then we’re cold: Near-record warmth to be followed by cold front

SOUTHERN UTAH – Autumn may be throwing its final punches before bedding down for the winter.

Areas statewide including Southern Utah – will see near-record warm temperatures Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service; but come Sunday, a late fall storm system is set to cross the region, bringing with it gusting winds, much cooler temperatures and, in some areas, rain and snow.

Dots indicate affectedareas
Dots denote areas affected by an incoming late fall storm system and cold front, Southern Utah, Oct. 24, 2014 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News

From the Wasatch Front to Utah’s Dixie, it’s about to get cold out there. Affected areas and cities in the Southern Utah region include Glen Canyon Recreation Area and Lake Powell, Beaver, Cedar City, Kanab, Escalante, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and St. George.

Outside the Dixie area, low temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s and 30s. For St. George, the current forecast from the NWS shows high temperatures will be 85 degrees Friday and 83 degrees Saturday; but then temps will drop to a high of 76 degrees Sunday with a low of 47. Monday’s high is projected to reach only 69 degrees with a low of 43.

South winds will start gusting beginning Sunday, particularly across the western valleys and in the mountains, according to the NWS.

Showers are predicted across northern Utah and southwest Wyoming, with a snow level dropping to about 7,500 feet late Sunday. Snow accumulations will generally be light. A hard freeze is expected across most Utah valleys early next week, and winds behind the cold front will become very breezy across portions of east central and Southern Utah, especially near canyons, by Monday morning.

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  • Jo October 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’d like to remind people this is a dry cold. So it doesn’t feel cold, more like a warm cold, the warmest cold you’ve had in years!

    • Rick October 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Have to disagree, cold is still cold, dry or not.

      • Jo October 25, 2014 at 8:48 am

        Replace cold with hot, and you have the moronic comments people say about the brutally hot summer days. They like to remind you how 115 degrees isn’t hot, because it’s a dry heat.

        • Tyler October 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

          Jo, dry heat does infact make it much more tolerable. Btw, we haven’t seen 115 for years. We’ve been having unusually mild summers

          • Jo October 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

            Excuse me, 113 as read on my outdoor thermometer a few times this past summer. 100 degrees at 10PM is not a cool hot or whatever people say about the hot temperatures. Despite how cool people claim this past summer was, I sure didn’t see anyone recreating or working on hobbies outside in the afternoon or early evenings.

    • Burton October 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

      HUH!? You drank the punch didn’t you?

  • Tyler October 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    It’s been the most beautiful fall…highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s…please can we keep it going?

  • My Evil Twin October 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    It is hot here. It is cold here. But it isn’t as bad as most of the world is. Why don’t folks stop whining about it, and just deal with it?

    • JAR October 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Stop whining? That’s no fun. Have some more punch. If you truly want ideal weather yearlong , San Diego is the place to be.

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