Winds approaching hurricane force whipped many areas of Utah Sunday night and early Monday, causing power outages in the Snyderville, Summit Park and Kamas areas of Summit County.
Power was out for four to five hours late Sunday night and early Monday after power lines snapped. But electricity was restored about 2:30 a.m. Monday, said Dave Meade, a Utah Power & Light Co. spokesman.A wind sensor recorded a 95-mph gust at the 10,227-foot level in the Cardiff area at Alta at 9 p.m. Sunday, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service. Gusts of 68 mph were reported at the Point of the Mountain, 43 at the Salt Lake International Airport, 50 at Wendover and 42 in Holladay. An automatic station at St. George recorded a 60-mph gust between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to meteorologist Craig Schmidt.
The wind moved in ahead of a fast-moving storm that brought more snow and colder temperatures to much of Utah. As of 6:30 a.m. the storm had already entered the Salt Lake Valley. Three inches of snow were reported at Park City, and it was snowing at Hill Air Force Base and in the Cache Valley, Alder said.
The chance of measurable precipitation was near 100 percent Monday, 40 percent Monday night and 20 percent Tuesday in the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo area.