Wednesday Morning Commute During Winter Storm Warning

Apr 10, 2019, 5:44 AM | Updated: 10:26 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Heavy rains Tuesday night made for a wet commute home for many, but the storm let up enough to make the early-morning commute easier as areas in Utah are under a winter storm warning.

However, issues began to arise as more traffic started hitting the roads.

KSL TV meteorologist Grant Weyman said the next wave of the storm is heading in from the north with additional rain and snow coming throughout the day.

Traffic specialist Haley Smith noted some areas have seen more dangerous conditions because of the storm.  Drivers on state Route 36 in the Tooele Valley were dealing with accumulated slush in the early hours, for example.

This article will be updated as additional and pertinent information becomes available. Refresh for the latest news.

5:30 a.m.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed for avalanche control. It is expected to reopen at approximately 8 a.m. Restrictions are in place for Big Cottonwood Canyon — vehicles must have four-wheel drive or chains.

6:45 a.m.

Power lines are down in West Jordan at 9000 South and 1200 West. Officials have closed eastbound roads at 1300 West and westbound roads at 700 West. UDOT estimated the scene will be cleared at about 8:13 a.m.

7 a.m.

The National Weather Service is advising drivers to give themselves a few extra minutes for their commute. There have been a handful of traffic incidents on Utah roads as the morning progresses.

8 a.m.

Officials opened Little Cottonwood Canyon after it had been closed for several hours for avalanche control.

9 a.m.

The Winter Storm Warning is excepted to bring 6″-14″ of snow to the mountains. Mountains could also have wind gusts up to 50 mph. The advisory is through 10 a.m. on Thursday.


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