Strong wind advisory: Washington, Iron, Kane counties, drivers cautioned

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SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Wind Advisory” in effect from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday for parts of Washington, Iron, and Kane counties.

Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:20 a.m., Southern Utah, June 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service
Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:20 a.m., Southern Utah, June 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

Affected areas

Glen Canyon Recreation Area including Lake Powell, the San Rafael Swell, south central Utah, and southern Utah mountains.

Winds

Southwest 25-35 mph with some gusts exceeding 60 mph.

Timing

Developing midday and strengthening through the afternoon and lasting well into the evening.

Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:20 a.m., Southern Utah, June 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service
Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:20 a.m., Southern Utah, June 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

Impacts

These winds will create unsafe boating conditions on Lake Powell. Areas of blowing dust may cause low visibilities for travelers. Strong crosswinds are forecast for northwest to southeast routes, with a heightened danger for high profile vehicles. Wind sensitive operations may be affected.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A wind advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or greater are expected. Motorists in the advisory areas should be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds which can make driving difficult.

The strong winds will create dangerous boating conditions on area lakes. These winds will create very choppy water and generate large waves which could capsize or swamp small craft. For your personal safety, operators of small craft are urged to postpone their outings until the winds subside.

Road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation

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