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SALT LAKE CITY — Although the Salt Lake Area was two degrees away from hitting a record low for October 10, the frigid conditions still make Wednesday one for the record books, according to KSL Weather Meteorologist Dan Guthrie.
The high temperature for Thursday will be the lowest on record, beating the previous 1949 record, Guthrie said. That year, the highest temperature of the day was about 45 degrees, but Wednesday will only get up to 39 or 40 degrees, he said.
“Today is actually the coldest day we’ll have seen on record for October 10,” Guthrie said.
The cold spell will continue into Friday as temperatures in the high 40s are expected, but things should warm up by the weekend, Guthrie said. Temperatures will be back around seasonal normals, in the 60s, for Saturday and Sunday, he added.
“It will be cold,” Guthrie said. “Tomorrow morning we could see a record low again. After that, it will warm back up and by the weekend it will be like this never happened.”
Some areas saw very limited lake effect snow overnight into Thursday.
Some parts of Tooele got a dusting, and areas in the western and southern parts of Salt Lake County also got some snow. USANA Amphitheater posted an Instagram photo showing rock band Godsmack playing as snow flurries fell.
“There is a first for everything,” the caption reads. “Godsmack played in the snow and it was amazing!”
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There is a first for everything. @godsmack played in the snow and it was amazing! Our photographer @mizarphotography captured this shot of @sullyerna right in the middle of the storm! #godsmack #sullyerna #livenation #livenationslc #usanaamphitheatre #usanaamp #snow #concertphotography #outdoorconcert #halestorm
Ground temperatures were still far too warm to see any roadway snow accumulation, Guthrie said. Some surfaces, such as grassy areas and cars, got a dusting of snow.
“The storm that came through didn’t really have any moisture with it, so we couldn’t really make much (snow),” he said.
The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City’s weather balloon stationed at about 11,000 feet measured a temperature of -13 degrees Celsius, or just under 9 degrees Fahrenheit, on Thursday morning, the agency tweeted.
Lake-effect snow showers have shifted to favor the Tooele Valley, and should remain limited to that side of the Oquirrhs through the early AM hours. Despite showers, roads remaining wet per cams. #utwxpic.twitter.com/1l5Z9sdYyC— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 10, 2019
That is the coldest temperature ever recorded at that elevation for October 10, dating back to 1956, according to the weather service. No temperature below -12 degrees Celsius has ever been recorded before October 24 at that elevation, the weather service said.
The full weather forecast is available at ksl.com/weather.