Some of the wind speeds recorded include:
- 97 mph at Logan Peak.
- 70 and 80 mph in Davis, Box Elder, Weber and Cache counties.
- 97 mph in Farmington.
- 91 mph in Salt Lake City.
Why is it happening?
- Easterly ridge-level winds push the cold, dense air over the ridge tops and against a slope. The dense air will then head down the slope, picking up speed as it goes.
- Wind speeds reach their highest point when the air reaches the valley below.
The storm is strong for this time of year, which means there could be record cold temperatures, according to the NWS’s Situation Report.
The record cold temperatures come as a winter storm works its way through Colorado as well. Rain is expected in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Snow could appear in high-elevation areas, KSL.com reports.
As the Deseret News reported, the NWS said residents should expect winds to hit peak levels between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and then “start to decrease to widespread gusts between 40-50 mph. Wind will ramp up again this evening.”