LIVE UPDATES: Black Friday Road And Weather Conditions

Nov 29, 2019, 6:14 AM | Updated: 7:03 pm
Photo: Derek Petersen...
Photo: Derek Petersen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Following a day of snow on Thanksgiving, many Black Friday shoppers woke up Friday to wet roads and rainy skies.

The rain is expected to turn to snow for most areas around noon, although higher elevations have been getting snow on and off throughout the night.

Here’s the latest on road and weather conditions for Friday. Refresh for the latest information.

7:02 p.m.

Traffic in Big Cottonwood Canyon is moving slowly and UDOT officials said more plows are on the way.

6:00 p.m.

EB I-80 is closed in Parley’s Canyon due to jackknifed semitrailers and stalled vehicles. Officials with the Utah Highway Patrol said to adjust routes through the area and use caution.

4:40 p.m.

Officials have closed uphill traffic on EB SR-210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon due to another crash.

SR-190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon is also closed while crews clear the road.

4:15 p.m.

SR-210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon has been reopened but EB SR-190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon has been closed.

WB I-80 is also closed at milepost 142 near Park City and Jeremy Ranch.

3:57 p.m.

Uphill traffic in Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed due to a crash involving a semitrailer. UDOT officials also said to expect delays on SR-190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon due to multiple crashes, slide-offs.

3:03 p.m.

U.S. Highway 189 is closed in both directions in Provo Canyon due to poor road conditions and a crash.

Semitrailer drivers are required to use chains on I-80 between mileposts 128 to 143.

1:20 p.m.

Roadway restrictions are now in place for the mouths of both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Vehicle are required to have chains for four-wheel drive.

The Utah Avalanche Center is reporting multiple natural avalanches in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Additionally, snow routing is in place for Weber County-area buses. Buses will avoid steep hills in favor of safer routes, according to the Utah Transit Authority.

12:30 p.m.

The next wave of snow began falling on portions of valleys along the Wasatch Front, and UDOT posted a weather alert warning drivers about conditions along I-15.

10:50 a.m.

The National Weather Service said there’s another burst of moderate to heavy snow expected along the I-15 corridor, including the Wasatch Front, this afternoon and into the evening.

“Expect winter driving conditions and plan travel accordingly,” according to the NWS.

UDOT has reported three crashes in the past hour. One of them, on SR 9 about six miles east of Zion National Park in Kane County, is expected to be cleared by noon.

For those driving in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UDOT has reported that the Brighton Ski Resort parking lot is now full.

“If you’re planning to hit the slopes at Brighton today, use public transportation,” according to UDOT.

9:20 a.m.

There have been three crashes reported on the roads within the last 30 minutes. In Iron County, there’s a crash on northbound I-15 at the state Route 274 offramp; In Wasatch County, there’s a crash on eastbound US 40 about two miles north of Heber; and in Utah County, there’s a crash on US 6 approximately one mile west of Soldier Summit. All three crashes are expected to be cleared between 10 – 10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

Good news for those traveling up Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon this morning. Road restrictions have been lifted for the time being.

Only one new crash has been reported on Utah roads in the last hour. An incident on westbound I-84 at approximately two miles east of Morgan in Morgan County is expected to be cleared by 9:30 a.m. Statewide, there are seven incidents being reported by UDOT.

7:40 a.m.

UDOT is reporting a crash on southbound I-15 about three miles south of Kanarraville in Washington County, and a crash on eastbound I-80 approximately two miles east of Emory in Summit County.

Most of the Wasatch Front is experiencing a break in the precipitation, with storm clouds hanging above valley areas. The clouds and temperatures will remain relatively steady throughout the morning until about noon, when it’s expected to unleash more snow.

7:05  a.m.

UDOT reports SR 31 is closed from mile post 70 in Emery County to mile post 18 in Sanpete County due to weather.

6:40 a.m.

Higher elevations continue to be hit hardest by the recent storms. While drivers in the valleys are seeing wet roads from the rain, drivers in canyons are dealing with snow-packed roads.

In the past 25 minutes, there have been five crashes on Utah roads.

6:15 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, there will be intermittent rain and snow along the Wasatch Front until about noon, when most areas will start to see a majority of snow. That will continue throughout the evening and into the night.

Several crashes have been reported in Summit, Wasatch and Box Elder counties, where the weather has been more severe.


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LIVE UPDATES: Black Friday Road And Weather Conditions