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Put aside shorts, sandals — today will be chilly autumn day

SHARE Put aside shorts, sandals — today will be chilly autumn day

Find that jacket in your closet. Today's weather has the potential to produce the lowest-ever high temperature in Salt Lake City for Sept. 10.

According to Mark Eubank, KSL's chief meteorologist, today's high might not even reach 59 degrees — much cooler than normal.

"This is our first real autumn cold front," he said. "It's from the Gulf of Alaska and more general, colder and wetter than anything we've had here since June."

Tuesday's high in Salt Lake City reached 72 degrees. Provo hit 69, Logan 70, Zion National Park 88, Alta 54 and Brigham City 73.

Eubank expects the bulk of today's precipitation — up to half an inch in the Salt Lake Valley — to exit by 7 a.m. The snow level could be as low as 7,000 feet, reaching Parleys Summit. He said there are no more storms on the horizon for a while after today's moisture clears out.

Valley temperatures were expected to dip to 45 degrees early this morning. Thursday's high is predicted to be 67. And then by Friday, Salt Lake will be back in the mid-70s through Saturday. Sunday's high could reach 79 degrees — about normal for this time of year.

Even St. George will be cooler than usual today. The high is expected to be about 85 with a low of 64. By Saturday, Utah's Dixie should return to the 90s.

Cache Valley was expected to reach 53 today with a low of 41, while Moab will hit extremes of 71 and 54. Lake Powell should be in the 84-65 range for its high and low, and Cedar City was expecting a high of 77 and a low of 50.

In southeastern Utah, there was heavy rain and some flash flooding Tuesday, with Bullfrog getting half an inch in a short period. Thunderstorms and hail raked Lake Powell, heading northeast up the lake channel to Hite by midday Tuesday.

According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, it was still raining hard Tuesday evening and flash flood watches were extended until midnight. No accidents or injuries were reported, but some damage was expected to county dirt roads in the Bluff area.

Some travelers on unimproved roads were reported to be stranded and waiting Tuesday night for some of the road washes to clear before they could return to civilization.

E-MAIL: lynn@desnews.com