Bit of a late post for me today due to other pressing concerns.
Portions of the western United States are in the grips of an impressive cold surge for late October. For Salt Lake City, it's not as far out there as last year's, when we had minimum temperatures of 17˚F and 14˚F on October 29 and 30, but it's still cold. Last night's minimum was 19˚F, a record for the day and the 2nd earliest 19 on record (the earliest was recorded on October 25th).
For those of you on the Wasatch Back, valley temps dropped to below zero near Park City including -5˚F at Silver Creek Junction and -4˚F along SR-244 at Meadows. It also got down to -5˚F at the top of the Snowbird Tram.
Alta-Collins' snow-depth sensors were pretty finicky overnight and today. There could be a couple of inches of snow there, or maybe a 115" base. I'll let you decide if you want to go up and check it out.
🚨❄️🚨 The -31°F temperature reported by the Lyman, WY, Coop observer this morning represents the earliest -30°F reading on record for any official climate station in the Lower 48 in any year. The previous earliest -30°F reading was Oct 29, 1917. @NWSSaltLakeCity pic.twitter.com/pmRQg8XYIk— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) October 26, 2020