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Storm creates dangerous driving conditions in Northern Utah

Posted at 6:46 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 11:49:31-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The second major snow storm of the week created hazardous road conditions across northern Utah Thursday morning.

The Utah Department of Transportation urges drivers to use "High Caution" along I-15, I-84 and other roads in northern Utah through 6 p.m. Thursday.

UDOT has issued the following Road Weather and Emergency Alerts:

Another round of valley and mountain snow will impact the northern half of Utah Wednesday evening through Thursday evening. Valley routes along the Wasatch Front will see some light road snow accumulations, with the most consistent snow is expected during the second half of the night and Thursday morning. This will allow for some light road snow accumulations during the Thursday morning commute along the Wasatch Front. The most widespread impacts are expected to be north of the Salt Lake Valley. Any road snow/slush impacts along I-15 from Provo on south to the I-70 Junctions will be brief and spotty at best. Most, if not all, valley routes are expected to trend wet after 9am or 10am Thursday.

Mountain routes, generally north of I-70, will see areas of road snow and blowing snow. The most widespread blowing snow and strongest winds are expected to be over Logan Summit (east of Logan), near Strawberry Reservoir (southeast of Heber/Park City), and over the Wasatch Plateau Summits of SR-31 and SR-264.

Our storm will continues Thursday night through Friday, but the majority of all road snow impacts should be confined the canyons/mountains as valley air temperatures warm. Check back Thursday for more specifics on this time-frame.

Motorists are advised to use caution and TravelWise. Motorists heading up canyon and mountain routes should be prepared for chain restrictions at any time during snow events. The following routes will experience weather-related travel concerns during the forecast period:

- I-15, ID border to beaver

- I-84, Entire route

- I-80, Grantsville to WY border

- I-70, I-15 Jct through Salina and over Salina Summit (MP 80 – MP 88)

- US-40, I-80 jct. to Duchesne

- US-89, ID border to I-15, along the northern Wasatch Front and south to Junction (just south of I-70)

- US-191, north of Price, through the Uinta Basin, and north to Wyoming

- SR-190 Big Cottonwood Canyon (east of Salt Lake City)

- SR-210 Little Cottonwood Canyon (east of Salt Lake City)

Salt Lake County Emergency Alert

SR-190 Big Cottonwood Canyon
SR-210 Little Cottonwood Canyon

Chains, 4-wheel drive or approved traction devices are required for all vehicles traveling on SR-190 through Big Cottonwood Canyon and on SR-210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Little cottonwood Canyon is currently closed from MP 4 at the Mouth of the canyon, to MP 10 at gate C, for avalanche control work that is estimated to complete at 8:30 AM.

Large commercial vehicles & semi-trucks are currently prohibited in Little Cottonwood.

The back country is closed in Little Cottonwood Canyon due to an avalanche warning.

Garfield and Iron Counties Emergency Alert

SR-143

SR-143 is closed both directions between mile post 17, about 1 mile South of Brian Head, and mile post 28, about 12 miles South East of Brian Head near Mammoth Springs, due to adverse weather conditions.

Wyoming Emergency Alert

US-191

US-191 is closed both directions in Wyoming between the SB closure gate (MP 502) and the UT/WY State Line. There is currently no estimated time of reopening.

For more information on Wyoming road closures, please call 1-888-WYO-ROAD (1-888-996-7623) or visit WYOROAD.INFO.