A Pacific storm that blew through northern Utah Saturday night ushered in a cold front that will provide the state with its first hint of autumn weather.
The front brought with it gusty winds, cooler temperatures and scattered rain showers, and probably signals the end of 90-degree-plus days in the northern part of the state, said Bill Alder of the National Weather Service.Northern Utah can expect some showers Sunday and Monday, and snow could fall at elevations as low as 8,000 feet, Alder said. While no heavy snow accumulations are expected in the mountains, campers, hunters and hikers should be alert for the change in the weather.
The front, which moved into the Great Basin from the Pacific Northwest, stretched from Logan to Wendover by midafternoon Saturday and is expected to progress to eastern and southern Utah by Sunday, Alder said.
Winds in advance of the storm were clocked at 39 mph at Salt Lake International Airport, and gusts between 35 and 40 mph were reported in other Salt Lake Valley locations.
Alder said northern Utah residents can look for the colder air mass accompanying the front to keep Sunday's high temperature in the upper 60's, 20 degrees colder than Saturday's high of 88 at the airport.
Sunday morning lows in the mid-50's were expected, and Monday's lows likely will be in the upper 40's.
This weather pattern will linger into Monday, but should begin to improve by Tuesday, Alder said. Expect highs in the 70's on Tuesday, and by midweektemperatures should be back to normal for this time of year - highs in the mid-80's and lows in the mid-50's.