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Big Cottonwood Canyon closed for a time on Wednesday due to an avalanche

Jan 17, 2024, 12:57 PM | Updated: 2:51 pm

The Utah Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Big Cottonwood Canyon has been close...

The Utah Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Big Cottonwood Canyon has been closed until further notice due to avalanche danger and road conditions.(UDOT)

(UDOT)

SALT LAKE CITY — Big Cottonwood Canyon was closed for a time Wednesday due to an avalanche and slick road conditions.

The closure impacted state Route 190 near milepost 10.

UDOT posted on X that a few sluffs hit the road in the downhill lane near Laurel Pines at milepost 9.8.

They say motorists heading up the canyon should be prepared for stopped traffic and delays.

KSL TV’s Matt Johnson says most mountains could get between 6 to 12 inches of snow from Wednesday’s storm. However, Johnson also says the Cottonwoods could get between 8 and 16 inches of snow.

Just before 2 p.m., UDOT announced that crews finished clearing sluffs near Laurel Pines. However, traffic is moving slowly in the area. Unified police has opened up traffic at the mouth of the canyon.

UDOT also says that it will continue to watch the conditions in the area.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon closed for a time on Wednesday due to an avalanche