Dangerous lightning, heavy hail and funnel clouds accompanied an early autumn storm that whipped across parts of northern Utah Tuesday.
And Wednesday's weather could bring more of the same.But conditions shouldn't be as severe toward the end of the week, although there will still be showers and thundershowers, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.
The Tuesday afternoon hailstorm cut a swath from West Valley City and Kearns to the Salt Lake International Airport and also moved into parts of Summit County and the Flaming Gorge area. Wet snow was reported at the 10,000-foot elevation in the Uintas.
The hail was generally pea-size to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Park City reported golf-ball-size hail, but there were no reports of damage in that area, according to a Park City Police dispatcher. The hail left a 1- to 2-inch deep carpet in parts of West Valley City. A lot of gardens were ruined in that area, Alder said.
Heavy rain and hail fell in the Lindon, Utah County, area about 9 p.m., and a 50 mph wind gust was clocked just before 9 p.m. at Brigham Young University.
Funnel clouds were reported about 3:50 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. near 3300 South and 700 West.
A special weather statement issued shortly before 9 p.m. urged people to take cover as threatening weather approached.
"Do not become a human lightning rod," the dispatch warned.
Alder said severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Salt Lake and Summit counties Tuesday afternoon and early evening. By 10 p.m. the weather had settled down.
The storm left 0.54 of an inch of moisture in Clover, Tooele County; 0.30 in Pleasant Grove; 0.60 in West Valley City; 0.65 in Manila, Daggett County; and 0.56 in Wellington, Carbon County.
Alder said the hail was heavy in some areas because the atmosphere was conducive to allowing storm cells rolling off the Oquirrhs to build higher columns of moist, cool air.