Snowstorm pummels state, impacting travel on major highways

Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 19:35:25-05

Eastbound Interstate 70 is closed six miles east of I-15 due to crashes, officials reported Monday afternoon.

A snowstorm moving across southern Utah County into central and southern Utah has caused snowpacked roads making travel in the area difficult for motorists.

Eagle Mountain City tweeted to avoid Eagle Mountain Boulevard due to continuous blowing snow. Plows haven’t been able to make much headway.

As of 11 a.m., Salt Lake County had 43 crashes and Utah County had 53 crashes.

Snow has piled up statewide.

The National Weather Service reported snow accumulations for areas across the state as of 11 a.m. Along the Wasatch Front, the valley saw half an inch to three inches.

In Utah County, communities saw two to three inches of snow.

Central Utah saw 12 inches.

Cedar City saw 16 inches of snow. One resident who called FOX 13 News said the community was paralyzed for most of Monday morning because of the continuous snowfall.

The storm is moving out of the state moving east. By the time it hits Iowa, FOX 13 News Meteorologist Brett Benson said it would develop into a blizzard.

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