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High winds, heavy snow sweep through northern Utah

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-29 19:41:12-05

NORTHERN UTAH — Extreme weather will continue to impact northern Utah throughout the evening into Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service Monday evening.

High winds will be an issue for Weber and Davis Counties and the east bench in Salt Lake County, said meteorologist Mike Seaman with NWS.

Seaman said the winds will strengthen throughout the night and peak by Tuesday morning. Centerville, Farmington and Ogden are forecasted to see wind gusts between 60-65 mph.

Winds from the University of Utah to Parley’s Canyon are expected to be 20-25 mph with gusts of 50 mph.

Seaman said sometimes strong winds result in power outages. He added residents should have a contingency plan in case their power goes out since temperatures will be low.

The low in Salt Lake City is forecasted for 10 degrees; 7 in Ogden; 1 in Logan; and 11 degrees in Provo.

Wind chills in Weber and Davis Counties will drop temperatures to -20 to -25 degrees. In Salt Lake County along the east bench the wind chills will drop temps to -15 to -20.

Seaman said heavy snow has continued to be an issue for Tooele County and northern Utah. It is expected to lighten up at 8 p.m.

With the snowfall, it will result in blowing and drifting on U.S. Highway 89 and Interstate 15 through the northern Wasatch Front, Seaman said. The snow will create hazardous travel conditions.

Seaman said motorists should be prepared for slick roads.

As of 1:30 p.m., snow accumulations for the following areas were:

Bountiful, Centerville and Fruit Heights: 8 inches

Avenues, Wasatch Front: 5inches

Cottonwood Heights: 6 inches

Sandy and West Jordan: 3-4 inches

As of 10 a.m. Springville had 5 inches of snow.

The high temps for Tuesday are forecasted at 17 in Salt Lake City; 13 in Ogden; 20 in Provo.

For more information on traffic conditions visit: http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:6:0::::V,T:,1