A strong storm system means a windy and windy day
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Good Monday Utah! Be prepared for a fairly rainy and gusty day as our very strong storm system continues to move through our area. This will be quite the weather factor as we still have these strong winds overnight for many of our areas in western Utah and eastern Nevada.
The high wind warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Monday. under the warning, sustained wind speeds will be between 30 and 40 miles per hour with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour. We also have many areas across Beehive state that will have wind advisories and most of them start at 3 a.m. and continue until 9 p.m. as well. Sustained wind speeds will also be slightly lower, but no complaints between 25 and 35 miles per hour with wind gusts reaching up to 60 miles per hour.
Since these winds will last longer, expect damage to trees, power lines, and utility poles. The southerly direction of the winds will also cause problems for roads that run east-west, creating dangerous crosswinds. The I-80 in the western half of the state will be a road of great concern Monday morning.
The temperatures, due to the flow of the south, will be warmer as the day progresses despite the lack of sunshine. Many of us expect to be in the 60s and 70s again. Mainly cloudy skies will be the name of the game throughout the day. This will then lead to heavy rains as all the moisture in the atmospheric river finally gets in and brings us these significant amounts of precipitation. Northern Utah will be one of the hardest hit areas as we expect amounts between 1 ″ and 1.5. In central and southern Utah, rainfall will be between 0.5 and 1 ″ of rain after all is said and done. Another thing to note is that most of the rain will occur during the evening. Considering the heavy rainfall in a short period of time, it means that we may end up encountering problems with flooding and standing water in prone areas such as valleys, streams and urban areas. If you see a flooded road, be sure to “turn around, don’t drown” as white water can easily wash away vehicles.
Snowfall in the mountains will not be as severe as in other storm systems, as the moisture moves with the warmer air. Snow levels will be quite high, well above 9,000 feet with this system, so only the highest peaks will see snow. Snow levels also in areas that tend to produce good amounts will see a more humid type of snow.
In short, Monday will be a very busy day with the weather as we are seeing this incoming system bring very difficult conditions so stay tuned to the weather.
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