NWS issues ‘high wind watch,’ forecasts 60 mph gusts

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WASHINGTON COUNTY — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “High Wind Watch” for St. George, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park in effect Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

Affected area

High Wind Watch advisory. Dots denote affected areas in Utah as of Nov. 15, 2014, 9:15 a.m. | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
High Wind Watch advisory. Dots denote affected areas in Utah as of Nov. 15, 2014, 9:15 a.m. | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

The affected area includes Washington County outside of the St. George area and specifically: the Interstate 15 corridor from Leeds to the Iron County border; near the St. George Municipal Airport; and western Washington County along the Bull Valley and Beaver Dam mountains.

Timing

High winds will develop around midnight Saturday and last through early afternoon Sunday. Winds will likely diminish Sunday afternoon only to increase once again Sunday evening.

Impacts

Strong crosswinds are forecast along west-to-east routes of Interstate 15. These winds may cause hazardous driving conditions for trucks and trailers. Wind-sensitive operations will likely be impacted. Northeast winds of 30-40 miles per hour are expected with gusts exceeding 60 mph.

Precautionary/ preparedness actions

A “high wind watch” means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 miles per hour or gusts of 58 miles per hour or stronger may occur.

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3 Comments

  • Zonkerb November 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I hope this doesn’t interfere with any outdoor dancing planned for tonight… oh wait never mind were not allowed to dance here

  • Justme..... November 16, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Hurricane and all points south are getting slammed by these winds…

  • Wilbur November 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Windmill tax scam farms will be busy today.

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