Colder Temps, Ongoing Snow Expected To Cause Challenging AM Commute

Feb 16, 2021, 7:33 PM | Updated: 11:45 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Forecasters expected winter weather to continue blanketing much of Utah through the night and into the morning. With temperatures dropping below freezing, officials said drivers may be in for a rough commute.

Snow fell in waves across the state Tuesday, increasing the risk of avalanches in the high elevations and forcing the closure of Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.

KSL meteorologist Kristin Van Dyke said a strong, colder disturbance was moving in overnight, leading to icy, snow-packed roadways. If drivers need to go out onto the roadways, they have been advised to plan for plenty of extra time.

Utah Department of Transportation spokesperson John Gleason said plows will struggle to keep up with heavy snow during the Wednesday morning commute, and crews are asking the public to avoid northern Utah roads until after 10 a.m. if possible.

UDOT Issues Winter Travel Advisory For Wednesday Morning

Three to five inches of new snow was possible in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, with even more expected in the benches. The snow was forecasted to continue through the day.

By Wednesday evening, the mountains will see an additional one to two feet of snow. The area was expected to dry out Thursday, before another storm arrives Friday with rain and snow, and even more possible on Saturday.

Avalanche danger has reached extreme levels in parts of Northern Utah.

The Utah Avalanche Center issuing a warning on Twitter, saying anybody going into or near the mountains should avoid being near or under any steep slopes, including skiers, snowshoers, runners, sledders and dog walkers.

The Utah Department of Transportation shared video of a slide that just missed a truck in Little Cottonwood Canyon Tuesday. In the video, the truck moves out of the way just before the avalanche spilled into the road.

Officials said there were several similar avalanches in the canyon throughout the day as the snow continued to fall.

Both canyons were shut down as crews worked to mitigate possible slides. Skiers and snowboarders stood by, some waiting for hours, hoping for the canyons to reopen. Those waiting at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon were able to continue to the ski resorts when the road opened back up around noon.

Little Cottonwood had several more avalanches and remained closed. UDOT officials said they were not going to risk possible injuries to drivers until they knew it’s safe to drive up.

Watch KSL Today beginning at 4:30 a.m. for the latest information on the morning weather and traffic conditions.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Larry D. Curtis

Utah motorcyclist killed after failing to navigate curve on state route

A man was killed Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving failed to make it through a curve, throwing him from his vehicle.
19 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

‘You could hear it just crackling’: Residents are thankful for firefighters quick response

"You know how you hear it, crackling like a little campfire? You could hear it just crackling,” Centerville residents are thankful for the quick response from first responders to the Deuel Creek Fire.
19 hours ago
Ladd Egan

Food pantries: Inflation pushing Utah family budgets to the breaking point

This summer is proving to be extra difficult for Utah families because of record high gas prices and 40-year high inflation, according to those who provide food assistance.
19 hours ago
FILE: A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Dese...
Michael Houck

Motorcyclist dies after driving off the road in central Utah

A motorcyclist dies after driving off Interstate-70 and rolling into a median Saturday morning.
19 hours ago
FILE (Utah Highway Patrol)...
Madison Swenson

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into concrete barrier, getting hit by three cars

A 31-year-old man died early Tuesday morning after he crashed while on his motorcycle, then was struck by three vehicles in Davis County.
19 hours ago
(Utah Highway Patrol)...
Eliza Pace

Man killed after ejected from his vehicle Saturday

A man was killed after the car he was driving left the road and he was ejected Saturday.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Colder Temps, Ongoing Snow Expected To Cause Challenging AM Commute