UPDATED: Wind advisory through Monday

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Updated 4:00 p.m. The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has cancelled the wind advisory for portions of central and eastern Utah, including the Wasatch mountains south of I-80, the Wasatch Plateau, Book Cliffs, the San Rafael Swell, the Sanpete and Sevier Valleys and the Central mountains. Gusty southwest winds are still expected in those areas through the remainder of the afternoon and overnight. Wind speeds are no longer forecast to reach advisory levels.

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory which is in effect until 9 a.m. Monday

Wind advisory map, October 16, 2016 | Map courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News
Wind advisory map, October 16, 2016 | Map courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

Affected areas

The southern Wasatch mountains, Wasatch plateau, Book Cliffs and the central and southern mountains, including the cities of Alta, Brighton, Scofield, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon

Winds

Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts in excess of 60 mph range are expected.

Timing

Through early Monday morning.

Impacts

Strong gusty winds will produce strong crosswinds on many west east routes. Winds will be even stronger in areas typically favored by funneling. Those towing trailers and operating high profile vehicles are especially susceptible to these winds.

In addition, area lakes will be quite choppy creating dangerous boating conditions. Wind sensitive operations may be impacted.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A wind advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph are expected.

Motorists in the advisory area should be prepared for sudden gusty crosswinds, 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. Operators of small craft are urged to postpone their outings until the winds subside.

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