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UDOT asks drivers to delay travel due to icy roads

Posted at 7:34 AM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-02 11:57:06-05

The Utah Department of Transportation asked drivers to delay their commutes Wednesday morning due to widespread icy road conditions along the Wasatch Front and Tooele Valley.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason said drivers along the Wasatch Front should consider delaying leaving home until 9 a.m. if at all possible as snow and cold temperatures created "incredibly slick conditions" on the roads.

FOX 13 News was monitoring multiple crashes and slide-offs on Wednesday morning and Utah Highway Patrol reported they handled 65 crashes along the Wasatch Front.

Drive times were dramatically increased as drivers navigated over the treacherous icy roads. As of 7:30 a.m. it was taking almost an hour and 40 minutes to get from Provo to 9000 S. A drive that normally takes 20 minutes.

Several school districts have also announced that buses could be delayed and children should be dressed warm because they may have to wait.

The storm is expected to taper off around 9 a.m. but could linger later than that for parts of the Tooele Valley.

Slick road conditions even prompted the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City to issue a warning to drivers to slow down.