UPDATED: Winds blowing in; road closures in effect

A wind advisory from the National Weather Service means that sustained wind speeds of at least 31 mph or gusts of 45 mph are expected. Motorists should be prepared for sudden gusty crosswinds as driving may be difficult. Those driving high profile vehicles and pulling trailers should take extra caution as those vehicles can be more vulnerable to crosswinds. This composite image includes a file photo of a semitractor-trailer overturned on the interstate. | Composite image, St. George News

Updated 4:50 p.m. The National Weather Service announced a high wind warning is taking the place of the previously issued high wind watch. The warning is in effect from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Vehicles, especially high profile vehicles, can be difficult to control at times in high winds. Motorists should take extra caution, especially while crossing bridges, overpasses, and unsheltered areas.

ST. GEORGE – West-central and southwest Utah can expect 30-40 mph high winds Sunday with gusts exceeding 55 mph, creating hazardous travel conditions, particularly for high-profile vehicles and those towing trailers. Unrelated closures and roadwork are ongoing giving rise to three alerts from Utah Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service’s high wind watch anticipates these winds developing Sunday morning and persisting through the evening hours in west-central and southwest Utah, including the Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City and Milford areas.

Impacts

Strong crosswinds may cause hazardous travel especially for high-profile vehicles and those towing trailers. According to the service’s high wind watch, Highway 6/50 and state Routes 21 and 58 will be affected.


More: See video showing high winds affecting a vehicle top of this St. George News report


Loose outdoor objects such as decorations and trampolines may become airborne. Take steps now to remove these potential hazards. Wind-sensitive operations will be affected.

This 2014 file photo shows the power of wind against high pofile vehicles and trailers. Here, a double-wide trailer has been blown onto its side by winds on state Route 17 in Toquerville, Utah, Dec. 31, 2014 | File photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

Road alerts

Garfield County:

Those traveling state Route 12 into Bryce Canyon National Park can expect delays due to roadwork relating to a landslide at the end of last month.


Read more: Road delays into Bryce Canyon National Park continue following landslide


Utah to Nevada:

Motorists traveling State Route 30 to Nevada state Route 233 will need to use an alternate route to Nevada as SR-233 is closed in both directions due to flood damage in February.

According to Nevada Department of Transportation’s website, SR-233 remains closed between Nevada Interstate 80 and the Nevada-Utah state line as NDOT makes repairs to extensive flood damage.

“Numerous areas of the roadway were washed away by heavy flood waters, with as much as 12-foot deep caverns carved through the road,” NDOT states.

Utah to Wyoming:

U.S. Highway 191 is closed at the Utah-Wyoming border.

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