A storm front that wooshed into Utah Thursday evening caused severe wind gusts, semitrailer trucks to overturn and spotty power outages, but isn't expected to produce much moisture.
Winds gusting to 63 mph in Wendover toppled the trailers of at least five semitractors, blew out windows of three police cats and knocked out electrical power. No injuries were reported, a Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher said.William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service's Salt Lake office, said peak wind gusts of 55 mph were reported in West Valley City; 41 in Grantsville; 38, Holladay; 40, Ogden; and 35, Delta. Lots of dust accompanied the front, which caused the airport barometer to rise dramatically between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Alder said he has never seen a Utah spring with so many dry storm fronts, which are accompanied by cold air but little moisture. The temperature hit 80 degrees Thursday at the airport, but the high Fridaky and Saturday will be only about 50. By Sunday, the temperature should rise to the upper 50's.
In parts of southern Utah the temperature will be in the 50's and lower 60's Friday and lower 70's by Sunday.
David Carpenter, lead forecaster at the Weather Service, said colder temperatures will cause concern Friday and Saturday nights for tender buds on apricot, sweet cherry, tart cherry and peach trees. In some orchards temperatures will drop to the upper teens.