Storm brings wind, dust and even snow to Utah

Posted at 4:20 PM, May 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 00:33:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service reported powerful winds, dust storms and extremely low visibility across different areas of the state Sunday afternoon and evening.

Strong winds came in from Nevada and moved eastward throughout the afternoon. Strong wind and dust storms also been moved north from Arizona into St. George and other parts of Washington County.

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I-80 near Wendover experienced wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. Fifty-five-mph winds were recorded on the Great Salt Lake, 50 mph in Cache valley, 60 mph in Milford, 54 mph in St. George, and 48 mph at the Salt Lake City International Airport.

The NWS also advised anyone driving on I-80 between Wendover and Grantsville to prepare for "sudden reductions in visibility" due to the wind and dust.

The blowing dust created low visibility at airports and on freeways as well — SLC Intl. reported visibility of 2 miles, and the St. George Airport reported visibility down to 1/4 mile. I-15 in Washington County had dust blowing across the freeway.

The NWS even warned boaters on Utah Lake about "very rough conditions" as there were wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

Wind Advisories are in place in various counties, lasting through 9 p.m., and some areas in southern Utah have been upgraded to High Wind Warning status.

In the evening, there was even some snow falling in the mountains.