Winds gusts of up to 60 mph on Friday could make travel hazardous for weekend travelers in high-profile vehicles such as campers and RVs, the National Weather Service warned Thursday.
The winds will herald the arrival of a storm system that is expected to cause thunderstorms on Friday and scattered showers on Saturday. The weather service issued a high wind warning for Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for an area encompassing central Utah's Nephi and Price regions and running south to a band stretching from southwestern through southcentral to southeastern Utah. Eastern Utah's Green River and Moab areas are also included.
"Strong winds will likely impact holiday travelers, particularly those in high-profile vehicles such as motor homes and campers as well as those towing trailers and boats," the agency warned on its website. "Motorists should be prepared for strong cross winds along east-west roadways such as I-70 and Highway 6 across central Utah, and Highway 89 across southern Utah. Interstate 15 and other roadways will also likely be affected across portions of central and southern Utah. Loose items such as lawn furniture, umbrellas and trampolines will also have the potential to become airborne if not secured. Strong winds will generate rough waters on area lakes including Lake Powell."