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Several crashes on icy roads, hundreds without power in Utah after overnight snow storm, high winds

Posted at 6:14 AM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 16:46:49-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A long night of pounding winds and snow left behind power outages, slick roads, and a closed middle school on Tuesday morning.

This article will be updated periodically throughout the morning.

2:15 p.m.

UDOT lifts all traction laws that had been in effect in the Cottonwood Canyons.

11:15 a.m.

The Utah Highway Patrol reports there have been 68 vehicle accidents since midnight, and a total of 75 accident since Monday evening.

10:35 a.m.

Brighton ski resort has closed the Solbright trail due to avalanche danger.

9:49 a.m.

The fresh now is creating fresh avalanche danger for Utah's higher elevations.

Fresh snow creating new avalanche dangers in Utah

9:01 a.m.

Power outages in the state are down to 668, according to Rocky Mountain Power's outage map.

8:13 a.m.

Salt Lake City police said they responded to seven crashes on the I-15 overpass at 600 North due to a combination of icy road conditions and drivers going too fast.

Crash due to icy roads on I-15 in Salt Lake City Tuesday morning Apr 12 2022

7:45 a.m.

The Canyons School District announced Tuesday morning that Eastmont Middle School would switch to a remote learning day after a power and heat outage.

The district said parents were being notified via Skylert and students should check their Canvas pages.

7:27 a.m.

1,228 Rocky Mountain Power customers in Utah are without electricity this morning, according to their outage map.

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Utah power outages Tuesday 7 am Apr 12 2022

7:12 a.m.

Traction laws are in effect in the Cottonwood Canyons where UDOT says snow continues to fall.

6:29 a.m.

UDOT has reported several crashes Tuesday morning.

There were multiple vehicles involved in a crash on Bangerter Hwy. which is blocking all the northbound lanes in South Jordan between 11400 South to 9800 South.

There was also a crash on I-80 west at 400 E. in Salt Lake City which was causing traffic backups.

Utah Highway Patrol expected to have both incidents cleared within an hour to two hours.

6:07 a.m.

According to the power company's outage map, just over 556 were without power in the Salt Lake Valley as of 6 a.m. There were other small pockets of outages in areas like Gunnison and Tooele County.

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Power outages in Utah on Tuesday Apr 12 2022

In the south, there were around 60 without power, scattered along the I-15 corridor between Beaver and St. George.

Crews were out working to restore service as quickly as possible.

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Snow accumulations at Utah resorts Monday night Apr 11 2022

In addition, there were several crashes reported on icy roads along the Wasatch Front Tuesday morning.

Most of the severe wind had ended by Tuesday morning, but more precipitation and possibly some thunderstorms were forecast in the north on Tuesday afternoon.