High winds cause widespread damage along Wasatch Front, snow to follow

Posted at 4:28 PM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-15 00:32:54-04

SALT LAKE CITY --  High winds have caused widespread damage throughout the Wasatch Front Tuesday afternoon.

The winds are a precursor to colder temperatures and snow that will sweep the state Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Tuesday's winds have resulted in several property damage, widespread power outages and a multi-car pileup on Interstate 80 in Tooele County resulting in one fatality.

Airplanes were also grounded at the Salt Lake City Airport.

As of 4 p.m., winds were gusting at 40-50 mph. During the peak hours, winds were gusting at 70 mph, said Monica Traphagan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Traphagan said the highest recorded gust was in Parleys Canyon at 92 mph.

As of 4 p.m., the storm front was moving into Utah County with winds gusting at more than 60 mph, according to a tweet from NWS.

Strong winds were reported in eastern Utah but no reports of damage.

As winds dissipate, the cold front sweeping the state will bring snow to the mountains and valley floors Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Traphagan said the storm will bring 8-16 inches of snow to the Wasatch Mountains and an estimated 2-4 inches of snow to the valley floor.

Snow will taper off in northern Utah Wednesday morning. The cold front will linger in the Four Corners part of the state Wednesday night into Thursday then move into Colorado.

Traphagan said high pressure moves back for the weekend bringing a warming trend Thursday and Friday for northern Utah.

Temperatures for Saturday and Sunday are anticipated to be in the upper 60s.

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