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Storm Aftermath Will Affect Morning Commute

Feb 7, 2019, 5:30 AM | Updated: 6:10 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The plows have been spread thin across the Wasatch Front all night and are attempting to catch up after Wednesday’s storm.

With overnight snow that continued into the morning, the Utah Department of Transportation’s fleet of hundreds of plows were working 16-hour shifts on major roadways. Unfortunately, that meant some neighborhoods were left unplowed as UDOT employees worked around the clock to stay ahead of the storm.

KSL TV’s meteorologist Grant Weyman said that the worst of the weather may be over, but that shouldn’t mean drivers should pay any less attention.

“There’s maybe even a false sense of security,” he said. “You may be driving on a section that’s plowed well, but all of a sudden you’re going to hit an off-ramp or something that isn’t plowed. That equals a problem.”

Weyman said the storm is slowing down, but there will be areas getting hit with lake effect. He’s warning morning commuters that, even if they don’t see those scattered snow showers, they need to stay slow and safe due to snow and ice on the roads.

“Plows will be able to get out and get the job done quicker with the sunshine that we get later today,” he said.

KSL TV’s traffic specialist Haley Smith noted some crashes were already cropping up in the early commuting hours.

“Although  road conditions are so much better than they were yesterday, they are still very slick with ice possible,” she said. “You need to give yourselves extra time this morning.”

 

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