Black Ice Closes I-15 Overnight; Icy Conditions Affect Morning Commute

Dec 16, 2019, 5:42 AM | Updated: 7:02 am
I-15 at Point of the Mountain closes late Dec. 11, 2019, while crews work to remove black ice. (Pho...
I-15 at Point of the Mountain closes late Dec. 11, 2019, while crews work to remove black ice. (Photo: UDOT)
(Photo: UDOT)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The lake effect snow and winter temperatures are creating some slippery road conditions for some in the Salt Lake Valley.

Some of the worst conditions happened near Point of the Mountain overnight as black ice forced the Utah Department of Transportation to close a portion of southbound I-15. Crews worked to de-ice the freeway, and traffic was at a standstill.

According to KSL meteorologist Dan Guthrie, snow – especially for people living south of the Great Salt Lake, will be possible until about 9 a.m. The rest of the Wasatch Front will be dealing with cold temperatures that could leave roads icy for the morning commute.

Monday morning drivers will be dealing with temperatures in the 20s across most of the state. Guthrie said the highs will barely reach into the 30s in the Wasatch area, but that won’t be until later in the day.

The ice was especially problematic in the west side of the valley between SR 201 and I-80 on both the west belt of I-215 and on Bangerter Highway, said KSL traffic specialist Haley Smith. There were multiple crashes and slide-offs due to the road conditions in that area.

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Black Ice Closes I-15 Overnight; Icy Conditions Affect Morning Commute