High winds taper, cold sets in

Posted at 10:37 PM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-18 08:54:21-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Cold weather is now setting in and high winds are dying down after 60 mile-per-hour gusts hit parts of northern Utah.

Winds created white caps at the Great Salt Lake and caused tumbleweeds to pile up in backyards and outside apartment complexes.

The winds also caused ski resorts to shut down their lift operations.

However, some wish that was all they had to clean up. In Lehi, the wind toppled a tree onto a car, lifted a trampoline onto a fence and ripped shingles off a roof in Clarkston.

The worst damage was along the Utah-Idaho border, in Lewiston.

"We heard some really strong wind. We could hear a couple things blowing, hitting the house,” said farmer Dan Nalder.

As the wind whipped around 9 a.m. Monday Nalder thought nothing of it until he received a phone call from a man who works on his farm.

“He said, ‘you just had a hay barn go down,’” Nalder said.

The Lewiston man lost not one but two hay barns. Cattle ran everywhere, he said, as microburst winds lifted one of the bars and tossed it 20 feet.

"(It) pretty much took it in one piece. It flew across and landed partly in one corral and partly in another corral," Nalder said

By Monday at 9 p.m. the National Weather Service lifted a high wind warning and Tuesday’s gust are accepted to be less intense, about 10-20 mph, depending on where you live.