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FORECAST SAYS WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BUFFET UTAH THROUGH SATURDAY

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Winds that belted Utah Tuesday afternoon will continue through Saturday but with generally less intensity, weather forecasters say.

William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, said the highest gust reported Tuesday was 61 mph in west Kearns, followed by 53 in South Salt Lake and at Salt Lake International Airport; 49 in Dugway; 47 in Cedar City; 46 in Centerville, Davis County; 45 in Lakeside, Tooele County; 40 in Delta, Millard County; and 38 in Holladay.With dry soil conditions the south winds whipped up blowing dust in many areas, and residents in western Davis County were plagued by foul odors from the Great Salt Lake. The high winds caused power outages Tuesday around the Salt Lake Valley and in Tooele, a Utah Power & Light Co. dispatcher said.

Alder said the Saturday forecast calls for strong wind ahead of a cool front that will move across much of Utah Sunday. Temperatures will drop to the mid-80s but are expected to rise to the lower 90s Monday.

Little precipitation is forecast.

A wind advisory has been posted for many lakes, mainly in western and northern Utah.

The mercury rose to 92 degrees Tuesday at the Salt Lake airport. It will be in the upper 80s and near 90 Wednesday and in the lower 90s Thursday in the Salt Lake area. In southwestern Utah the high will be 97 degrees Wednesday and about 100 Thursday, compared with a forecast for a scorching 108 degrees Wednesday and Thursday in Phoenix.