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Weather service issues wind advisory for northern Utah as eastern winds return

SALT LAKE CITY — Expect it to get windy in northern Utah Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for areas along the Northern Wasatch Front north through the Cache Valley, including communities like Bountiful, Ogden, Brigham City, Logan, Smithfield and Snowville.

The advisory goes into effect midnight Tuesday and was originally planned to last until noon but was later extended through Wednesday morning. The advisory states that 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up to 70 mph in some areas. The agency wrote that the strongest gusts are expected along Davis and Weber counties, as well as by Brigham City in Box Elder County and Logan in Cache County.

KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman said the heavier winds expected are because of a system that will bring eastern, downslope winds throughout northern Utah. He said that could create travel problems.

“As they blow over those mountains and through those canyons, we’re going to see some pretty strong winds,” he said. “We’re talking about Weber, Davis counties north of Salt Lake. That crosswind going across I-15 — it’s a pretty strong wind gust so we got to throw out that head’s up there.”

In addition to I-15, the National Weather Service added that motorists should prepare for strong crosswinds by Legacy Parkway in Davis County and U.S. Highway 89 mainly in Davis, Weber and southeastern Box Elder counties.

“Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle,” the advisory stated.

The agency also advised northern Utah residents to tie down furniture, trampolines or any other object that could fly away in strong winds before the winds pick up.

“Another round of strong and gusty winds is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday morning,” the weather service wrote. “These winds may be stronger than Monday night into Tuesday morning.”

Weyman said the strong wind will be followed by “passing showers” that will bring mostly rain to the Wasatch Front valleys and snow in the mountains Wednesday and Thursday. It’s expected to clear up by the weekend.

Full forecasts for areas across Utah can be found at the KSL Weather Center.

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