While temperatures are expected to warm up a bit as the week progresses, there will be areas of freezing temperatures or frost in the Salt Lake Valley and over most of the state.
It will probably be colder in southeastern Utah, where cloudy weather Sunday night will be replaced by clear skies Monday night, said Dean Jackman, deputy meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.In the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo areas, temperatures are expected to drop to 33 degrees - just a degree above freezing - Monday night and early Tuesday, said Alex Smith, a lead forecaster. That's cold enough to nip those tomatoes or other vegetables still growing in your garden.
Some of the coldest temperatures early Monday were recorded in Randolph and Woodruff, both in Rich County, where it was 10 degrees above zero.
The mercury is expected to rise to only the low 60s Tuesday in the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo areas. The normal daytime high is about 70 degrees, Smith said.
But Jackman said a warming trend is expected, with daytime temperatures rising to about 71 degrees or higher by Thursday.
Meteorologists said about 7 inches of snow fell at the 7,000-foot level of Mount Timpanogos, with 5 inches reported Sunday at Snowbird and 3 1/2 inches at Alta ski resort. Snow also fell at Soldier Summit, in Daniels Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon and in Heber City. Several places had a trace of snow, including Fillmore, Provo and Spanish Fork.
The snow level dropped to the 5,500-foot level along a line extending from the Uintas, through Wasatch and Utah counties and on to Ely, Nev., the weather service said. South of the line, where it didn't snow, it rained. Strong winds were recorded at Lake Powell and in Blanding.
Many areas of the state received considerable amounts of moisture from the storm.
Smith said precipitation amounts included 0.10 in Blanding; at least 0.20 in Delta; 1.38 inches in Vernal; 0.85, Roosevelt; 0.85, Provo; 0.19, Price; 0.42, Nephi; 0.59, Fillmore; 0.69, Payson; 0.66, Spanish Fork; 0.60, Provo; and 0.59, Fillmore.
Fairly dense fog was prevalent in the Delta area early Monday. Utah County also had a little fog. Fog is expected to continue in some areas Monday night and early Tuesday, Smith said.
A Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher said mountain highways in the Salt Lake area were mostly dry and clear early Monday. A skiff of ice and snow might be present at higher elevations, but there is no accumulation of snow on the highways. The dispatcher said she was in the Monte Cristo area of Ogden Canyon Sunday. It was a little foggy with just a skiff of snow in some places, she said.
Around the region
Meanwhile, an early storm dumped up to 10 inches of snow on parts of Wyoming and more than half a foot in parts of northern Colorado, causing a power outages and tying up roads.
The storm set a one-day snowfall record in Cheyenne, Wyo., dumping 7.9 inches on Sunday alone and shattering the old mark for Oct. 7 of 3.5 inches set in 1970, the National Weather Service said. It was also the largest one-day snow for so early in the season. By today the city had a total of 10 inches.
The storm dumped greater amounts in Wyoming's Laramie and Snowy Range mountains, where more than 1 foot of snow piled up.
In Fort Collins, Colo., the storm caused power lines to arc, leaving about 3,000 residents without power for a time and setting some trees afire, authorities said.
Early today, the weather service said 4 inches had fallen in the Fort Collins area, 8 inches in Greeley, 2-3 inches in Loveland and 3-4 inches in Denver.
In a cold state
Bear Lake 20
West Valley City 25
South Jordan 25
Cedar City 26
Salt Lake Airport 33