Snow and icy roads hamper morning commute

Posted at 6:41 AM, Mar 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-02 09:19:58-05

Drivers can expect a slow commute on Friday morning as northern Utah was blanketed with snow overnight that has left some roads icy.

Drivers will find several road closures and restrictions on major highways.

"We still have restrictions on I-80.  I-15 is still wet," said Adan Carrillo, UDOT.  "There are concerns for black ice on some of these areas because of the cold temperatures. So we are recommending drivers take their time as they are going to work and arriving at their destinations so that they can get there safely."

Both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are closed, as crews work on Avalanche Control.  UDOT said the canyons should be open again at 9 a.m. Friday.  Drivers traveling through Parley's Canyon on Interstate 80 must have chains or 4-wheel drive on their vehicles.

UDOT has also issued a travel warning to anyone hitting the roads Friday morning.  The warning includes snow and icy roads, as well as strong wind gusts that are hitting the state.  The warnings are in effect for sections of Interstate 80, across north Utah and on Interstate 15 from Logan to Cedar City.  The warning are in place until noon on Friday.

The Utah Avalanche Center has issued warnings from central Utah to Logan.