Hurricane-force winds have died down in northern Utah, but bone-chilling cold has settled in on much of the state.
The winds, which early Thursday reached 110 mph in Centerville and topped the velocity of a hurricane (75 mph) in South Ogden, Logan, Farmington and several other areas, slowed greatly Thursday afternoon, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the Weather Service.But the mercury plunged over much of northern Utah, where thousands of homes and businesses were without electrical power from Wednesday night through much of Thursday. Widespread electricity problems in the Ogden area and possibly other locations still had not been corrected by Friday morning.
However, Slade Mathews, a Utah Power & Light Co. dispatch foreman, said most power was restored to homes and businesses stretching from Centerville to the Point of the Mountain by 5 p.m. Thursday. Some were without electricity until 11 p.m., he said.
But Yvonne Phillips, office manager in the Ogden regional office of UP&L, estimated that about 60 businesses and 250 residences were still without power Friday.
Alder said the temperature was 18 degrees at 6:30 a.m. Friday at the airport. But considering chill factors, it was 0. Friday was the coldest morning at the airport since Feb. 7, when it was 17 degrees.
Other overnight lows were 15 degrees at Alta; 5 in Delta; 3 below zero in Randolph, Rich County; minus 10 at Woodruff; Cedar City 21; and Park City 3.
Alder said the forecast calls for fair to partly cloudy skies through the weekend, with the tendency for haze to build by Saturday. A low-pressure system will shift to southern Utah, which could mean a little scattered snow in that area by late Saturday or Sunday. The northern mountains may be dusted by snow by late Sunday afternoon.
More than 600 reports of wind damage or outages in telephone service were received Thursday in northern Utah, a US WEST Communications spokeswoman said.
Winds exceeding 100 mph in Centerville and many other areas caused disruption or delays in service, said Carol Dunlap, the company's public relations spokeswoman.
Dunlap said the majority of the damage was to lines running to individual homes. There were reports of damage to aerial cables serving more than one home.