Snow Storm Creates Issues During Morning Commute; More Snow To Come
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It was a stormy day Monday, both in the skies and on the roads.
KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman said the first of several days of storms will be affecting nearly the whole state throughout Monday.
Along US-89 and 91 through Sardine Canyon, multiple slide-offs were reported as the storm dumped snow and created slick driving conditions. The Utah Department of Transportation later put road restrictions into place, making chains or four-wheel drive mandatory in the area. The road was eventually closed to clear the snow and was reopened shortly after 11 a.m.
Chains or four-wheel drive restrictions were also placed on SR-190 through Big Cottonwood Canyon.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, troopers investigated 53 crashes as of 11 a.m.
“This is definitely not the day to risk driving on bald tires,”UHP wrote in a tweet. “And remember, slow down and increase your following distance in inclement weather.”
Weyman encouraged drivers to leave early and give themselves time to take it slow.
The snow will continue through the day, dropping between 1 – 4 inches on the valley floors, 3 – 6 inches on the benches and between 6 – 12 inches in the mountains. Weyman said the afternoon commute will most likely be messier than the morning due to more snow and the presence of plows.
According to the National Weather Service, Winter Weather Advisories are in place for most of northwest Utah.
“Buckle up,” Weyman said. “It’s going to be a wintry ride, not just today but through the week.”
The snow showers are expected to continue into Tuesday, where more snow could accumulate.
Even more precipitation will be happening Wednesday morning. Travelers should plan for delays that day, whether they’re flying or driving. That storm will continue through Thanksgiving Day and into Black Friday, Weyman said.
“Everybody’s got to be careful,” he added. “Not just today, but this week.”
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