SALT LAKE TOWN – Talk about Octobrr.
Temperatures at Salt Lake City International Airport dropped to 20 degrees on Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. This reading broke the record for the coldest October 26 below the city’s 22-degree record set 142 years ago in 1878.
The minimum temperature at Salt Lake City International Airport has dropped to 20 degrees from 6 a.m. this morning, breaking the old daily record, a minimum temperature of 22 set only in 1878. That record was 142 years until this morning! #utwx
– NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 26, 2020
Cold temperatures have also been reported across the state as a result of weather patterns that came through Utah over the weekend. During Sunday morning at the front Wasatch produced snow. Bountiful received 5.5 inches, while Salt Lake City received an inch of snow.
East winds began to pick up late Sunday through Monday in the northern parts of the Wasatch Front; these winds were expected to dissipate by noon on Monday.
However, temperatures dropped to single digits on Monday morning in places such as Alta and Kimball Junction, said KSL meteorologist Grant Weiman. Due to the blowing winds, the temperatures of the cold winds in some places reach below zero.
“Complete winter – treat it like a day in mid-January,” Weiman said. “It’s so cold this morning.”
The storm also caused snow in southeastern Utah as it passed through Sunday night on Monday morning. Arches National Park officials wrote on Twitter that the road to the park was closed on Monday morning due to winter weather. It was expected to reopen later Monday.
Monday’s highs were expected to be in the mid-30s to low 40s on the Wasatch front and northern Utah. Forecasted highs in southern Utah range from 22 degrees in Monticello to 51 degrees in St. George.
The cold weather is a complete reversal of the month so far. According to the National Meteorological Service, the preliminary average temperature from October 2020 was 59.2 degrees until Sunday. This is about 5 degrees above the average for the time of year.
The city fell to freezing for the first time this season on Friday, the agency notes. Only four days after the average first frost, which is October 19. The temperature at the airport varies this month from the lowest 20 degrees on Monday morning to the highest 85 degrees on October 10.
For those looking for warmer temperatures, they are on their way. High temperatures across the Wasatch front are expected to return to Halloween in the mid-1960s. Until then, St. George is expected to have a peak in the 70s.
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