Wind gusts above 55 mph, mountain snow up to 2 feet predicted by National Weather Service – St George News

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This 2019 file photo shows an area near Exit 40 of Interstate 15 in southern Utah February 5, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Rebecca Guillen, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE – The National Weather Service has issued both high wind watch and winter storm watch for parts of southern Utah.

Current weather warnings and advisories at 8:48 a.m. on December 13, 2021 | Card courtesy of National Weather Service-Salt Lake City Office, St. George News | Click to enlarge

According to National Weather Service-Salt Lake City Office, the high wind watch comes into effect Tuesday morning and will last until Tuesday evening. Southerly winds of 25 to 40 mph are expected, with guests exceeding 55 mph.

Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, primarily for the southern Utah mountains, including the town of Brian Head. The watch predicts up to 2 feet of snow. Lower elevations will likely see rain, changing to snow in the evening. Cedar City is expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Given these two weather watches, travel could be very difficult along higher elevation roads including National Route 14 and National Route 143, and people are advised to secure loose outdoor furniture. and prepare for possible power outages.

Precautionary and preparedness actions

For the most recent conditions, warnings and advisories, visit National Weather Service-Salt Lake City office website. Additional information on driving conditions is available on the website UDOT website, as well as UDOTs Commuterlink for current road and weather conditions, or dial 511.

Download this printable PDF: Vehicle preparation and safety precautions for winter conditions. It’s a project the whole family could participate in – turn it into a scavenger hunt with potentially life-saving benefits.

Prepare

  • Be aware of the road conditions. UDOT recommends checking CommuterLink for road and weather conditions before leaving home.
  • Remove frost and snow from the car’s headlights and windows. Make an effort to see and be seen while driving.
  • Inspect the vehicle’s tires, fluids, wiper blades, headlights, and hoses. Preventive maintenance can prevent a car from breaking down and blocking drivers and passengers on the freeway.
  • Allow for leeway in travel time. Expect to drive slowly in inclement weather conditions. High speeds can lead to skidding off the road and getting stuck in the snow.
  • Have emergency supplies in the car. A basic winter emergency kit may include items like a flashlight, batteries, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and a first aid kit.

Driving

  • Go slowly. Drive well below posted speed limits and leave plenty of space between cars.
  • Approach intersections, exit ramps, bridges and shaded areas slowly. These areas are hot spots for black ice.
  • Slow down in limited visibility and be alert.
  • Whether someone is driving a raised SUV or a Toyota Prius on the ground, again UDOT is saying to slow down. Just because a truck has four-wheel drive it doesn’t handle the road, especially when the traction comes out the window. Mother Nature does not respect automotive diversity.
  • Keep the vehicle speed low. The faster the car goes, the longer it takes to stop. Be slow on the accelerator or risk causing the car to skid when the next stop sign appears.
  • Do not use the car’s cruise control when there is a lot of ice and snow.

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