Freeze watch upgraded to a warning for Northern Utah

Sep 22, 2023, 4:00 PM | Updated: Sep 27, 2023, 2:07 pm

A freeze warning is in effect for several areas of Northern Utah tonight as temperatures are expect...

A freeze warning is in effect for several areas of Northern Utah tonight as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing. Potentially killing plants and damaging water pipes. (Credit: Pexels)

(Credit: Pexels)

NORTHERN UTAH— A freeze warning is in effect for several areas of northern Utah tonight as temperatures are expected to drop below freezing.

Areas to be affected by the freeze include the Wasatch Back and Bear River Valley.

The National Weather Service reports temperatures may drop as low as 25 degrees in the Bear River Valley, and between 26 and 32 degrees along the Wasatch Back.

These sub-freezing temperatures are mainly an agricultural concern.

“It could kill crops and any sensitive outdoor vegetation,” says Nicole Desmet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In order to save gardens and other vegetation, Desmet says there are a number of things you can do now to help.

“The best thing you can do is either cover it with a blanket to make sure it’s protected from the elements overnight. Or, if you’re able to bring it indoors so it’s not exposed to the cold, that’s also an option.”

Unprotected outdoor plumbing is also at risk of freezing or bursting.

How to prepare for the freeze

According to the National Weather Service, to prevent freezing and potential bursting of pipes they should:

  • Be wrapped
  • Be drained
  • Be allowed to drip slowly

In-ground sprinkler systems should also be drained and above-ground pipes covered to protect them from freezing.

To save gardens and other outdoor vegetation:

  • Cover plants and vegetation with blankets or other coverings
  • If possible, bring plants indoors and out of the cold

Although still in September, these sub-freezing temperatures are not out of the ordinary.

“We’re right in that time when frost and freeze is going to start to occur,” explains Desmet.

She continues that this cold front will pass throughout the week.

“We are expecting to see a warm-up in the next couple of days. So, we’re not expecting the freezing conditions to continue day after day after this. But, tomorrow will be the coldest morning.”

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Freeze watch upgraded to a warning for Northern Utah