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Cold front prompts freeze watch for Wasatch Back

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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the Wasatch Back as a cold front heads toward northern Utah. It's expected to bring chilly temperatures through Tuesday morning.

Temperatures are expected to dip Monday, falling to around 59 degrees by 5 p.m.

ABC4 meteorologist Nate Larsen said the storm will bring unusually cold temperatures.

“There's a fairly strong cold front that’s going to sweep through not packing much moisture but strong in the sense it's going to really impact our temperatures overnight tonight into Tuesday,” Larsen said.

Forecasters said there’s also a chance of afternoon rain showers with blustery winds, and a slight chance of snow showers between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Because of the unusually cold weather, a freeze watch has been issued for the Wasatch Back from Monday evening through Tuesday morning. Weather service meteorologists said sub-freezing temperatures as low as 30 degrees are expected.

Residents are advised to take precautions to protect tender plants from the cold as frost and freeze conditions could kill crops and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

Warmer temperatures are expected to return Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and a high around 74. The remainder of the week will see mostly clear skies with highs in the 80s.