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Travel in Cottonwood canyons difficult due to winter weather; LCC reopens after avalanche work

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 14:04:06-05

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Unified Police Department and the Utah Department of Transportation are warning drivers about traveling in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons Friday morning.

The traction law has been put into effect for both canyons, meaning drivers are required to have snow tires on all four wheels. Traction devices such as chains, snow socks or tire studs are also acceptable, according to UPD. Click here for details on the traction law.

Little Cottonwood Canyon was closed from 10 a.m. to noon for avalanche control work mid-canyon.

Winter weather conditions have impacted travel in both canyons Friday morning. In Little Cottonwood Canyon a semitrailer became stuck at Tanner Hill.

In Big  Cottonwood Canyon, road conditions contributed to slow-moving traffic and at least one vehicle slide-off.