Thanksgiving weekend weather: Plan for rain in lower elevations, minor snow accumulation at Brian Head

ST. GEORGE — According to the National Weather Service, this weekend’s weather for the majority of southwestern Utah will include chilly temperatures, with possible rain and snow on Thanksgiving. Officials are urging people traveling home from the holiday to drive safely.


Updated Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to reflect current conditions, forecasts and advisories.


Below are your St. George, Cedar City, Zion National Park and Brian Head area weekend weather forecasts, including current warnings and advisories. And for a look at this weekend’s events, check out the St. George News TGIF Show: Your weekend adventure guide brought to you by Virgin River Casino.

St. George

Saturday 

Sunny with a high of 61 and low of 31, with northeast winds of 5-11 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high of 55 and low of 30, with northeast winds of 6-10 mph.


Read more: Bluff Street to be open for Thanksgiving holiday


Cedar City

Saturday 

Mostly sunny with a high of 44 and low of 21, with south-southwest winds of 13-21 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high of 42 and low of 20, with northeast winds of 7 mph.


Read more: Buckle up, drive safe: Highway patrol troopers to be out in force this Thanksgiving weekend


Zion National Park/Springdale

ADVISORY: Angels Landing trail reopening in Zion National Park after months of repairs; other popular trails still closed

Saturday – high winds

Mostly sunny with a high of 51 and low of 22, with west winds of 9-14 mph increasing to 19-24 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph.

Sunday

Sunny with a high of 46 and low of 21, with northeast winds of 9-11 mph.

Brian Head

Saturday – high winds

Mostly cloudy with a high of 32 and low of 12, with northeast winds of 36-43 mph and gusts up to 60 mph. There’s a chance of snow, with a 50 percent chance of precipitation.

Sunday 

Mostly sunny with a high of 27 and low of 14, with northeast winds of 14-17 mph. Wind chill value is as low as -5.


Read more: Brian Head Resort opens ski slopes after crews lay 18 inches of man-made snow


Weather warnings and advisories

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the western two-thirds of Utah for an active weather pattern of snow beginning on Thanksgiving day and continuing through next week. Areas affected include Utah’s Dixie, Zion National Park, Glen Canyon Recreational Area, Lake Powell and southern mountain ranges.

Snow is expected over the mountains of northern Utah, with the Wasatch Mountains seeing a significant accumulation of snow. Periods of snow with minor accumulations can also be expected in the valleys of far northern Utah.

A colder storm Friday night into Saturday will drop snow levels to the valley floors. Accumulating snow is expected for much of northern and central Utah, with the mountains possibly seeing significant accumulations.

Winds continue to remain strong, in excess of 80 mph gusts on ridges Saturday. Winds across outlying Washington County will become gusty Saturday morning into Sunday morning.

For more information on current weather conditions and advisories, go the National Weather Service-Salt Lake City office website.

Please also be aware of current fire restrictions: Recent precipitation results in lifting of fire restrictions for portions of Southern Utah; some activities still prohibited.

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