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Major Snow Is Over; Slush, Ice Lingering On Roads During Morning Commute

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The word of the day is “ice.”

Although the heaviest parts of Sunday’s storm are over, the snow has left Utah roads slick.

The Utah Department of Transportation plows have been out all night getting snow off the roads, but driving conditions are still icy in many areas.

“With these temperatures, ice and snow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon,” said meteorologist Grant Weyman.

He noted there will still be pockets of lake effect snow in some areas, but it will taper out as the day goes on.

While the forecast calls for sunshine later in the day, Weyman said the high will only reach 32 degrees at about 4 p.m.

KSL TV’s traffic specialist Haley Smith said the icy conditions had already caused several slide-offs in Monday’s pre-dawn hours, and freeway speeds had dropped into the 20-mile-per-hour range in areas of northbound I-15 near the south interchange with I-215.

“As you head out the door, although the main corridors for the most part seem alright, we’ve got some slushy, wet areas (and) some ice on occasion,” she said. “The bridges, overpasses and on- and off-ramps, I cannot stress enough, are very icy for a lot of drivers.”

Smith strongly advised drivers to take the commute slow and to give themselves at least 10 minutes of extra drive time, if not more.


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