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.
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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