SALT LAKE CITY — Road conditions have slowly started improving Wednesday morning following dangerously slick conditions earlier.
The Utah Highway Patrol said they have handled 158 crashes statewide, and have helped 517 vehicles that slid off roads.
Salt Lake City International Airport says a total of six outbound flights have been canceled Wednesday, and 25 inbound flights. The airport received 8.5 inches of snow in just eight hours.
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall told FOX 13 that there were reports of several downed tree limbs and snow covered sidewalks, but no major incidents. She encouraged residents to help each other, especially the elderly and disabled, shovel out driveways.
The city received about 10 inches of snow overnight. While areas around the valley received generally between 10-13 inches.
Not all areas were in the clear though. At 9:56 a.m. Layton police announced that Southbound Highway 89 was being temporarily closed due to slick conditions.
Meanwhile, as of 10 a.m. Rocky Mountain Power crews were still working to restore service to several thousand customers. They warned that the power could be out for some through Wednesday afternoon.
We’re working to address scattered outages throughout Utah due to extreme weather conditions brought on by the recent storm. Personnel is continuing to work through the day to restore power to customers. Please prepare to be without power through the afternoon.— Rocky Mountain Power UT (@RMP_Utah) December 15, 2021
Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation warned drivers of dangerously slick driving conditions early Wednesday morning along the Wasatch Front.
UHP asked motorists to consider leaving later in the morning to give UDOT crews a chance to cleanup the roadways.
Heavy snow caused power lines to fall in Cottonwood Heights. Part of 3000 East was closed while crews made repairs around 8:00 a.m.
Powerlines are down & part of 3000 E. in Cottonwood Heights is closed for an undetermined amount of time while crews attempt to reach the area to make the necessary repairs, power is also out in the immediate area pic.twitter.com/QZAmoJmN4k— scott mckane (@macfox13) December 15, 2021
Troopers responded to several incidents Tuesday night into Wednesday morning involving vehicles sliding off the road, crashing and even rolling over.
Our Troopers worked tirelessly through the night clearing crashes, vehicles that slid off, and stranded motorist.— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) December 15, 2021
Its going to be a rough morning, if you can work from home please do so or go in later.
📷 No injuries in either of these incidents, just drivers going too fast. pic.twitter.com/VitelM6UBS
As a result, several school districts announced remote learning days or delayed starts Wednesday.
UDOT responded to a crash Wednesday morning where a semi-truck was stuck at 6200 South, and power lines were down on 3000 East. Unified police were blocking traffic heading left (east) off the I-215 off-ramp.
⚠️ #CrashAlert ⚠️— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) December 15, 2021
A semi-truck is stuck at 6200 S, and power lines are down on 3000 E. @UPDSL is blocking traffic heading left (east) off the I-215 off-ramp. Please be aware and plan your travels accordingly. If traveling, 2000 E to Fort Union to access canyons.🚨@UDOTTRAFFIC pic.twitter.com/LQtXyQWzLd
The Utah Transit Authority announced that all TRAX lines were delayed due to ice and snow.
TRAX Update 6:08AM: Due to the weather conditions all TRAX lines have become delayed both northbound and southbound.— Utah Transit Authority - UTA (@RideUTA) December 15, 2021
UDOT warned that road conditions in the Cottonwood Canyons were especially dangerous, with low visibility and ice.
#RoadUpdate 👋 #SR210 travelers. Road conditions are low visibility, snow packed & slick. Delay travels where you can, for when conditions improve. We have 1 plow & grader working in LCC @ this time. If you must travel, travel w/ caution, confidence for conditions & #TractionLaw pic.twitter.com/M5Wow2Zna2— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) December 15, 2021
The Salt Lake City International Airport announced that some flights were experiencing delays and cancellations due to icy runways. However, de-icing operations were underway and conditions were expected to improve as the morning continued.