Ahhh, Utah's wacky weather.
If it's not Maylike weather in March, it's January snow in April.On Wednesday it was gale-force winds along the Wasatch Front and snowfall in St. George.
Blustery conditions closed sections of I-15, uprooted 30-year-old trees near the University of Utah, toppled signs and left several Davis County homes without power.
The state's gustiest spot? Mt. Ogden, where winds blew at 100 mph.
Centerville recorded 84 mph winds, while the U. and Logan Peak recorded 55 mph and 52 mph winds, respectively.Wednesday's canyon wind episode came about when a low pressure system from the south and a high pressure system from the north were joined by an easterly flow racing through the canyons, explained Bill Alder of the National Weather Service.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers - many called in from Weber and Salt Lake counties to assist - waved high profile vehicles off I-15 through Davis County on Wednesday morning after three were tipped over by the wind gusts.
The rear trailer of a tandem semitrailer truck northbound on I-15 at Lund Lane in Centerville was blown over and two trucks were pushed over in the Bountiful area, according to police.
High profile vehicles, including buses and camper trailers, were pulled off the highways by UHP troopers at 2600 South in Woods Cross, at Redwood Road on I-215, in Centerville, at U.S. 89 through the mouth of Weber Canyon and at the Kaysville rest stop.
Truckers pulling into the weigh station in Brigham City were being advised of the wind conditions and many shut down there, according to police.
The wind was blamed for major power outages in Centerville, West Bountiful and Clearfield, according to Utah Power dispatchers, and for localized outages in several cities as falling trees and limbs fell on power lines.
Davis County Sheriff's Lt. Curt Johnson described the situation simply: "It's a mess out there." But no injuries were attributable to the winds, he said.
Construction sites proved to be a rich source of wind-blown debris, with shingles, boards, plastic sheets, tarps and chunks of pink insulation decorating the fence along I-15 between Farmington and Cen-ter-ville.
A large sign took to the air just before 8 a.m., landing in the northbound lanes of I-15 south of the Parrish Lane interchange, where UHP troopers struggled with it for several minutes before dragging it off to the side.
And, in the midst of the blowing debris and tipping trucks, police were advised about 7:45 a.m. to be on the lookout for a late model red Ford Taurus being driven by a naked man.
Wednesday's canyon winds were likely a painful reminder to several Davis County folks who lost roofs and trees to similar gusts on Feb. 24.
"Areas of Davis County are susceptible to these types of winds because of the configuration of the mountains," said Alder.
Meanwhile, storms in southern Utah dumped about two inches of snow Wednesday in Cedar City and even dusted parts of St. George.
"It's only the second time since 1927 that it has snowed in St. George in April," said Alder.
The storm also left more than 18 inches of snow at Brian Head ski resort on Tuesday.
Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s along the Wasatch Front Wednesday before warming-up a little on Thursday.
Utah's Dixie will likely reach into the 50s Wednesday and Thursday, with a chance of heavy snow in the mountains.