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Tuesday Is A Good Day To Travel, But Be Cautious On Icy Roads

Nov 26, 2019, 5:47 AM | Updated: 9:46 am

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Morning commuters will be facing icy roads after Monday’s snow, but Tuesday is still the best day for holiday travel ahead of the next big storm.

The good news is most of the state will stay dry during the day. However, some areas are still slick with ice.

KSL TV traffic specialist Haley Smith said drivers should be especially be careful on areas prone to ice accumulation. These include off and on ramps, bridges, overpasses, and lanes not frequently used, such as the HOV lane or the center turn lane.

“Overall, the road conditions are faring pretty well,” Smith said. “That can confuse you a bit as you start to get off the freeway or make a turn, and all of a sudden you encounter a bunch of ice.”

“Just be prepared for that as you head out the door,” she added. “Reduce your speed a bit.”

Plows were out early treating some of those areas, but drivers should navigate the roads with caution nonetheless.

The next big storm is forecasted to arrive Wednesday morning, and officials with the Utah Department of Transportation said hundreds of plows will be on the roads throughout the Thanksgiving holiday. With the snow and expected traffic that day, Tuesday might be a better option for those traveling.

“We’re expecting another winter storm to move in,” said UDOT Spokesman John Gleason. “That is not the ideal time because that’s when everybody is going to be out on the road not only for the evening commute, but a lot of people are just getting off of work and hitting the road to get where they want to go.”

KSL TV meteorologist Grant Weyman said there won’t be much precipitation in Utah Tuesday, but there is a chance of snow in a few areas.

“Most of our state is dry,” he said. “The exception is going to be a few scattered snow showers coming off the (Great Salt) Lake.”

Those possible snow showers would affect areas directly south of the lake, specifically in Tooele County. Weyman added mountain areas could also get snow.

Wednesday’s snow storm will begin at approximately 5 a.m. for some parts of the state, and snow will continue to fall through Friday.

“There’s going to be significant accumulation with this storm tomorrow on the big travel day leading up to Thanksgiving,” Weyman said.

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Tuesday Is A Good Day To Travel, But Be Cautious On Icy Roads