Icy roads slow travel on Utah roadways Thursday

Posted at 7:43 AM, Dec 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-19 23:40:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Freezing rain and snow created rough driving conditions for commuters Thursday.

A downed power line forced officers to close SR-201 in both directions, but the road was reopened later on Thursday.

Officers said crash and slide-off numbers increased throughout the morning, but in the early stages of the storm there wasn't as many issues on I-15 and I-215.

"We got the resources out there where we needed them," UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said. "People, for the most part, are behaving themselves-- driving like they need to be driving."

Utah Department of Transportation officials and Utah Highway Patrol Troopers urge drivers to use extra caution in stormy weather. They said drive slow and allow plenty of room for fellow drivers.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Wednesday for the northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake and Tooele valleys. The warning expires at 8 p.m. Thursday.

FOX 13 News' Brett Benson had a live look at weather and road conditions Thursday night, see the video above for more.