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Lake effect snow possible in Salt Lake, Tooele valleys as cold front settles over Utah

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The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City issued a hard freeze warning for parts of the Wasatch Front on Wednesday, as the Salt Lake Valley and many other parts of Utah saw temperatures drop 20 to 25 degrees from the day before. (Photo: KUTV)

It's that time of year. No, not the pumpkin spice, hot chocolate time of year — the defrost your windshield before you can leave for work time of year.

That's right: it's getting colder.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City issued a hard freeze warning for parts of the Wasatch Front on Wednesday, as the Salt Lake Valley and many other parts of Utah saw temperatures drop 20 to 25 degrees from the day before.

Lake effect snow was possible Wednesday and Thursday night, the National Weather Service predicted, "though accumulations will be light." Areas where Lake Effect Snow is likely include:

  • Salt Lake City (zero to one inch)
  • Holladay (zero to on inch)
  • South Jordan (one to two inches)
  • Magna (one to two inches)
  • Tooele (two to three inches)
  • Grantsville (zero to one inch)

Wednesday isn't the only night to worry about for snow. More lake effect snow was possible on Thursday night as well, 2News meteorologists predicted, particularly in and around the Oquirrh Mountains.

The office reported seeing snowflakes near the Salt Lake City International Airport on Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. Snowbasin Resort also tweeted a video of a small amount of snow at the resort.

Along with the cooler temperatures, Utahns were reminded to dress appropriately for cold weather.

The cold front that moved into the state was expected to bring gusty winds with it, and a high wind warning was issued for Castle County.

As 2News meteorologist Matt Johnson writes, not even St. George will escape the cold. The forecasted low on Friday morning is 31 degrees.


Watch Chase Thomason's weather forecast for more information:

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Here is the weather forecast for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from the 2News Weather Team:

Weather forecast for Wednesday morning, October 9, 2019:

Mild and windy Wednesday morning, but don't let the mild temperatures fool you. A little taste of winter is coming our direction later today. A cold front will cross the Wasatch Front mid- to late-morning. Valley rain and mountain snow showers will accompany the front. Behind it, showers will taper off for the afternoon as cold air continues to pour into the state. Temperatures Wednesday afternoon will only be in the 40s! This cold air will help spark off a few lake effect snow bands late-evening and overnight. Most likely areas for lake effect bands to set up look like Tooele Valley and the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.

Wasatch Front Forecast:

Wednesday: Gusty with some valley rain and mountain snow showers before noon. Lake effect snow showers late evening. Highs in the upper 40s.

Wednesday night: Lake effect snow showers possible south and southeast of the Great Salt Lake. Hard Freeze Warning. Lows in the upper 20s.

Thursday: Isolated lake effect snow showers possible south of GSL early in the morning. Partly cloudy for the rest of the day. Cold. Highs in the upper 30s to near 40.

Friday: Sunny and cold. Highs in the upper 40s.

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