Valley rain and mountain snow expected with weekend storms

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – High pressure will keep things quiet Friday, so expect calm skies in the afternoon across the Beehive State under a mix of sun and clouds.

This window of high pressure will be short lived, but before we talk about storms, let’s chat about temperatures. We remain mild for January with daytime highs in Northern Utah expected to reach the 30s and 40s with the Wasatch Front and Back seeing low to mid 40s.

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In southern Utah, we’ll mainly see 40s and 50s with a chance St. George hits 60! The temperatures we see Friday will be about 5-10 degrees above average.

Friday is the second day of the Sundance film festival. In Park City, temperatures will be more reminiscent of early March rather than late January and with calm skies, spending time outside should be more than fine! Could even remain above freezing through 10 p.m.

While high pressure holds for Friday, we have the potential to see moderate air quality set up along the Wasatch Front. Inversion haze should not stick around for very long though, with an active stretch of weather from this weekend into next week.

An unsettled weather pattern begins to take hold with a series of Pacific storms taking aim at parts of Utah. These storms are associated with a warmer air mass so the weekend wet weather will seem milder than what we have seen.

These storms will usher in periods of valley rain and mountain snow, and at this point, favor southern Utah and the high country as a whole over the weekend, but the second half of Saturday could easily bring scattered showers to northern Utah.

Snow levels will fluctuate this weekend, but will likely stay above 5,500 feet in northern Utah and above 7,000 feet in southern Utah. On Saturday, we could see snow levels climb as high as 7,500 feet in northern Utah which means even places like Park City could see more of a wintry mix or even possibly rain briefly.

As a whole in northern Utah, most areas above 6,500 feet will mainly see snow even with the fluctuating levels.

With moisture favoring southern Utah, the southern and central mountains could see the bulk of the accumulations with what could be several inches or more, and potentially up to a foot in isolated pockets. The southern Wasatch mountains could also see a few inches to maybe over half-a-foot in areas over the weekend while the Wasatch Mountains north of I-80 generally see a couple inches, plus.

This progressive pattern should keep inversion at bay in the coming days and allow us to add some more snow to our snowpack. The unsettled weather will likely carry into next week as a couple more systems could arrive as temperatures remain fairly consistent.

Stay tuned as these storms evolve, as we will continue to keep you posted on the latest developments in your 4Warn Weather forecast both on-air and online, we are Good4Utah!

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