Clouds and cold forecasted for weekend annular eclipse

Oct 12, 2023, 7:00 AM

This photo represents a partial solar eclipse, but it's an annular eclipse that has stargazers excited for this weekend. For those hoping to see it in Utah, the National Weather Service says you should be prepared for cold temperatures! (Clark Planetarium)

(Clark Planetarium)

SALT LAKE CITY — Some cloud cover and a very cold night are in the forecast for this weekend’s annular eclipse.

According to Nicole Desmet, a meteorologist with the Salt Lake City National Weather Service, some clouds will be hanging over northern Utah this weekend. But for those traveling south, the sky should clear up by Saturday afternoon.

“Right now the morning starts out at about 50% cloud cover, and it clears to about 40% by noon,” she said. “So, about a partly cloudy to mostly clear forecast.”

The cold may be the bigger issue

However, one of the bigger issues for travelers won’t be the clouds, but the cold.

“That Saturday morning will be cooler,” says Desmet. “We are seeing temperatures Saturday morning in the low-to-mid 30s.”

She suggests that if you are traveling this weekend, “make sure you’re prepared and bundled up for the cooler temperatures.”

Along with preparing for cooler temperatures, Desmet suggests checking the forecast both the day before and the day of the eclipse to be sure you are prepared for any situation.

UDOT also warns that traffic is expected to be extra heavy this weekend and to prepare for delays.

The annular eclipse will pass through Richfield, Utah beginning at 9:09 a.m. Followed by peak annularity between 10:26 and 10:31 a.m. according to NASA’s website.

NASA offers a full chart of when and where to view the eclipse on its webpage.

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

Little Cottonwood Canyon is seen covered in snow, Friday, March 24, 2023 during avalanche mitigatio...

Peter Johnston

Salt Lake County Mayor: Little Cottonwood gondola is bad for the Olympics

The Little Cottonwood Canyon gondola maybe not exists by the time the 2034 Olympics happen, but Mayor Jenny Wilson has concerns.

3 days ago

a dog plays in the snow with its owner, dogs need extra protection in winter...

Emma Keddington

Winter protection for your dog: ‘Treat your dog like you’re treating yourself’

If you have a dog, you should make sure they have the same amount of winter protection you'd give yourself.

4 days ago

Midway Ice Castles tickets on sale...

Devin Oldroyd

Tickets for Midway Ice Castles are now on sale for January opening

The weather will dictate the opening, but the Midway Ice Castles exhibit is currently scheduled to be open between Jan. 13 and Feb. 3.

5 days ago

As ski season commences, UDOT wants to make sure those traveling to Utah's ski resorts follow the p...

Waverly Golden

Some Utah ski resorts have new parking policies, don’t get fined

As ski season commences, UDOT wants to make sure those traveling to Utah's ski resorts follow the parking policies in place.

5 days ago

A 37-year-old man was rescued after suffering a lower-leg fracture while BASE jumping in Grand Coun...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko KSL.com

2 BASE jumpers rescued in separate incidents near Moab over holiday weekend

Two BASE jumpers were rescued in separate incidents after being injured near Moab over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

6 days ago

Lehi City is starting a new winter tradition and has converted a baseball field into a temporary ic...

Eric Cabrera

Lehi City builds temporary ice rink at Sports Complex

Lehi City is starting a new winter tradition and has converted a baseball field into a temporary ice rink. It will be open until Jan. 26.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Clouds and cold forecasted for weekend annular eclipse