High winds will ease up Wednesday morning, but snow and rain will stick around

Gusts reached 70 to 80 mph. Temperatures will begin warming later this week.

The high winds that have brought down tree limbs and caused scattered power outages in northern Utah are expected to die down Wednesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the worst of the wind hit Davis and Weber counties. There were gusts of 70 to 80 mph at the mouth of Weber Canyon, and 55 to 60 mph in other areas, including Bountiful and Harrisville.

A Category 1 hurricane has sustained winds of 74 to 95 mph.

Overnight, the Utah Highway Patrol closed parts of Interstate 15, Legacy Highway and U.S. 89 to high-profile vehicles because of the high winds. Those restrictions remained in effect Wednesday morning.

Winds gusted to about 45 mph near Emigration, Parleys and Millcreek canyons.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, at 8 a.m. there were 63 power outages affecting almost 2,000 customers in northern Utah. By mid-afternoon, that was down to 53 outages affecting 637 customers.

There will be “a gradual decrease in winds through midmorning” in Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Cache and Box Elder counties, according to the weather service. A high wind warning was set to expire at 9 a.m.

Snow is expected to continue in the mountains across northern and central Utah through Friday, with occasional winter driving conditions — mainly at night.

The valleys could see snow as well. There’s a 90% chance of rain and snow — possibly thunder — in the Salt Lake City area Wednesday, although there’s little chance of accumulation. The forecast high is 46 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday, and 50 on Friday, with overnight lows at or near freezing and a chance of rain or snow each day.

Sunny skies will return Saturday on Sunday, but the warming will be slow — 52 on Saturday and 58 on Sunday.

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