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Several low temperature records fall across Utah in wake of cold system

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Oct. 11, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 11, 2019 at 1:37 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The leaves aren’t the only things falling this autumn.

A system that brought cold temperatures through Utah broke a few dozen daily low-temperature records across the state between Thursday and Friday, National Weather Service officials reported Friday.

The weather service reported 16 locations across the state set new record-low maximum temperatures for Oct. 10, and another location matched its previous record-low maximum for the date. On Friday, 25 locations in the state broke record-low temperatures previously set on Oct. 11.

Northern and central Utah records

On Thursday, Salt Lake City reached a high of 42 degrees Fahrenheit, which set a new record for the lowest high temperature recorded in the city on Oct. 10. The previous record was 45 degrees set in 1880.

BYU’s Provo campus only made it to 44 degrees on Thursday, snapping the previous record-low maximum temperature of 48 degrees set 100 years ago. Tooele’s high of 43 degrees was the lowest high temperature in the city since it was 45 degrees on Oct. 10, 1960. Alta only reached 25 degrees, snapping the previous record of 30 degrees set in 1982.

On Friday morning, a few places in northern and central Utah broke record low temperatures for Oct. 11. Randolph, in Rich County, reached 4 degrees, breaking the previous record low of 9 degrees set in 2003. The National Weather Service tweeted it was the earliest a temperature of 4 degrees or lower was recorded, with a previous record being Oct. 30.

Deer Creek Dam reached 12 degrees, breaking a record cold temperature of 20 degrees set on Oct. 11, 1946; Pineview Dam set a low of 17 degrees, breaking the previous record of 21 degrees set in 1990; Callao, in Juab County, reached 14 degrees, snapping a record of 19 degrees set just two years ago.

Southern Utah records

Southern Utah wasn’t spared from the cold burst either. Loa, in Wayne County, broke records on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, Loa reached a high of 41 degrees, which broke the previous lowest high recorded in the town — 42 degrees, set in 2006. It then dropped to 9 degrees Friday morning, breaking the previous record low for Oct. 11 — 13 degrees set in 1946.

On Thursday, Bullfrog Basin in the Lake Powell area tied its lowest high temperature for Oct. 10 at 58 degrees, matching the record set on Oct. 10, 1985. On Friday, it reached 32 degrees, snapping the previous low record of 40 degrees, set on Oct. 11, 2017. The National Weather Service noted it was the earliest that location had reached the freezing point on record.

Other record lows reported on Friday morning include:

  • Cedar City Airport, where the temperature dropped to 12 degrees. That broke the previous low record for Oct. 11, set in 1956, when it reached 23 degrees in that location.
  • Panguitch fell to 7 degrees; the previous record was 13 degrees set in 1972.
  • Bryce Canyon Airport dropped to 6 degrees; the previous record was 13 degrees set in 1982.
  • Capitol Reef National Park recorded a low of 28 degrees; the previous record was 30 degrees set in 1970.
  • Zion National Park fell to 30 degrees, which snapped the old record of 31 degrees set in 1969.
  • Hanksville recorded a low of 15 degrees, which broke the previous record of 25 set in 1982.
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park dropped to 9 degrees; the previous record was 23 degrees set in 2017.
A full list of locations that reported record low maximum high temperatures on Thursday can be viewed here. The full list of record lows set on Friday can be found here.


The good news is a hard freeze warning for the Wasatch Front expired Friday morning and temperatures are supposed to start warming back up.

In Salt Lake City, temperatures are expected to return into the mid-60s by Sunday. It is also expected to reach the 80s in St. George early next week.

Forecasts for the rest of the state can be found on the KSL Weather page.

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