National Weather Service issues wind advisory for Southern Utah

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SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Washington, Iron and Beaver counties effective Friday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Southerly winds are expected at 25-35 mph, with frequent gusts from 45 to 55 mph.

Affected areas

Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, Great Salt Lake desert and mountains, West Central and Southwest Utah, including Salt Lake City, Tooele, Wendover, Snowville, Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, and Washington County.

Wind advisory, Washington and Iron counties, map courtesy National Weather Service Salt Lake City, April 21, 2016 | St. George News
Wind advisory, Washington and Iron counties, map courtesy National Weather Service Salt Lake City, April 21, 2016 | St. George News

Southerly winds 25 to 35 mph with frequent gusts in the 45 to 55 mph range are expected with the strongest gusts in the western valleys.

Timing
Winds will increase significantly Friday afternoon and remain strong through Friday evening. Winds will gradually decrease late Friday evening into the overnight hours.

Impacts

Strong winds are expected along Highway 80 from Salt Lake City to Wendover, Nevada, as well as other east to west oriented roads such as US 6 West of Interstate 15 and Highway 21.  Areas of blowing dust are expected across the western valleys, with visibilities potentially reduced to under one mile at times Friday afternoon.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A wind advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 31 mph or gusts of 45 mph are expected. Motorists in the advisory area should be prepared for sudden gusty crosswinds, which can make driving difficult.

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