High pressure and haze on tap this weekend

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – We had a soggy Thursday, but drier conditions are setting up for Friday and into the weekend.

While our precipitation type was mixed in our valleys, we received decent moisture statewide with fresh snow in the high country. At Brian Head in southern Utah, we picked up over a foot of fresh snow!

As we move through Friday, any lingering clouds will generally clear leaving us with mostly clear to partly cloudy skies by the evening. Before that point, expect mostly sunny skies down south with partly to mostly cloudy skies up north.

Daytime highs across the state will be within a few degrees of seasonal norms. Along the Wasatch Front, we’ll see upper 30s and low 40s while St. George sneaks into the low 50s. With the more seasonal air in place, Friday night will be chilly as lows drop to the teens and 20s for most. Even St. George will likely drop to just below freezing.

For the weekend, high pressure will be the name of the game. That means both days will bring dry skies as temperatures begin a warming trend.

By Sunday, we’ll likely be about 5-10 degrees above average and by early next week, it could be more on the magnitude of 10-15 degrees above average across the state. During this period, haze will also build as inversion conditions set up in our northern valleys.

There are hints that we could move back into more of a winter pattern as we begin February, however, right now the weather story remains a sleepy pattern to close out January. Stay tuned as we near the beginning of February and a possible pattern shift.

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