A cold front brought not just a big drop in temperatures but strong winds to much of Utah on Monday.
Gusts clocked in at more than 50 mph in several spots around Utah on Monday afternoon, buffeting the flames of a Davis County wildfire and ushering in lower temperatures.
The strongest winds as of Monday night were recorded in Tooele, where gusts reached 55 mph. In most places along the Wasatch Front, winds peaked between 30 and 40 mph.
A wind advisory was to remain in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday for Wasatch Front, Cache Valley, Sanpete and Sevier Valleys and southern Utah, according to the National Weather Service. Winds were expected to reach 60-70 mph Monday night and Tuesday morning, mainly across northwestern Utah.
The winds and low humidity produced hazardous fire conditions, as crews in Davis County learned as a wildfire quickly covered more than 100 acres above Fruit Heights. There was a chance of thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and small hail on Monday night.
Strong crosswinds may make driving “difficult and dangerous” for high-profile vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers; gusty winds may blow unsecured objects around; tree limbs could be blown down, causing power outages; and strong winds will make boating dangerous on lakes and reservoirs.
Highs in the mid-60s are expected on Tuesday.