Strong gusting winds are expected to continue through Monday night along the Wasatch Front as the area becomes the focal point of a clash between a high pressure area over Wyoming and a low pressure area over Utah and Nevada.
A high wind watch for Monday evening has been issued by the National Weather Service.The winds knocked power out Monday in several areas along the Wasatch Front. Kaysville and Farmington in Davis County were hit by widespread outages. Smaller outages were reported throughout Salt Lake County. Hardest hit was a corridor along 13th East between Ninth South and 45th South.
The Utah Highway Patrol was stopping high profile traffic on I-15 between Burke Lane and Parrish Lane and on U.S. 89 from the I-15 interchange at Farmington to the mouth of Weber Canyon in Davis County.
William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, said cool temperatures are also on tap with a strong possibility that Salt Lake City could set a new record for low maximum temperature.
"The record lowest maximum is 63," said Alder. "We may only get to the upper 50s or low 60s today. We also expect a few scattered showers around the area."
Hurricane force winds in Weber and Davis counties created problems for residents in those areas overnight. The winds, which registered as high as 77 mph in the Centerville area, created dust storms and caused power outages. Hurricane force is 74 miles per hour.
"It's like we had our own version of Hurricane Gilbert here," Alder said.
Other high wind gusts reported Monday morning included 40 mph in Farmington and 39 mph at Hill Air Force Base. The Utah Highway Patrol said the average wind speed along I-15 was 15 mph.
"It has blown up a lot of dust because of dry conditions. There have also been a lot of power outages. For example, the entire city of Kaysville is out," Alder said.
The canyon winds began about 10 p.m. Sunday night but became especially violent around 3 a.m. on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch for Monday evening. Davis and Weber counties are again expected to feel the brunt of the high winds. The high wind watch will include the area from Salt Lake County north to the Idaho border.