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UDOT urges safe winter driving as crews work to clear the roads

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Dec 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-25 23:25:51-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Department of Transportation crews have been working all day to clear snow and ice from Utah roadways, but drivers need to do their part to stay safe.

"We are getting some of that Greatest Snow on Earth, but we do want people to enjoy it safely. So we ask them to please be patient, slow down, buckle up and, if they happen to see snow plows in front of them, to give themselves plenty of time and big enough room for them to work," said UDOT spokesman Adan Carillo.

Black ice can form on the roads as temperatures drop after sundown. Canyon roads, bridges and ramps can be particularly hazardous in these winter conditions.

To check road conditions in a particular area, look at the maps at http://udottraffic.utah.gov/RoadWeatherForecast.aspx and check the Additional Info section of that page for Emergency Alerts and Road Weather Alerts.