- Associated Press - Monday, June 12, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Fierce winds brought plummeting temperatures, knocked out power and toppled semitrailer trucks near the Nevada border in Utah on Monday.

Several lanes of Interstate 80 briefly closed west of Salt Lake City after multiple morning crashes, including at least four involving toppled semis amid wind gusts of up to 70 mph.

Highway Patrol troopers briefly restricted high-profile vehicles like semis and RVs on a stretch of I-80 starting about 70 miles from the Nevada border.

Though the highest winds were reported in the west desert and Great Salt Lake, 30-mph gusts hit the Salt Lake City area as an unusual cold front moved through, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 10,000 homes and businesses lost power from Salt Lake City up to Ogden, Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Dave Eskelsen said.

The cold front is triggering the winds as it passes through, meteorologist Monica Traphagen said. Temperatures are expected to drop to the upper 40s Monday night, followed by rain in the valley and snow in the mountains above 7,500 feet.

Snow fell Monday morning at the Alta Ski Area for about two hours, though it melted within hours, spokeswoman Connie Marshall said.

The cooldown comes after northern Utah saw near-record heat last week.


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