More snow overnight could disrupt travel plans – Deadline
If you’re headed to the Sundance Film Festival tonight or early tomorrow, be sure to buckle up, pack your bags, and expect delays due to inclement weather.
Snow days in and around Park City and other parts of northern Utah saw cars sliding off mountain roads and traffic halted due to accidents and weather. Earlier in the day, there were near blizzard conditions in the canyons and mountain passes between Salt Lake City and Sundance Resort.
The Sundance Festival begins Thursday with films showing at noon, and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Heading into Park City on Route 80 Wednesday morning, it was inevitable to see cars turning outward, or weaving into freeway barriers.
With visibility sometimes greatly limited, the slick roads have caused many drivers to become confused about whether the road is two or three lanes. While conditions around Park City are currently clearing up and the ski hills adjacent to the city were relatively packed this afternoon, more snow is expected later tonight.
“It affected travel,” Park City Police Officer Spencer Harrison told Deadline tonight about the recent storm and its aftermath. “You want to allow extra time and go slow,” he added of arriving in the city and walking around for the festival. To that end, snowplows are expected to be out around 4 a.m. MT to begin clearing for the morning commute and the arrival of Sundance Day One.
“The weather forecast calls for warmer weather than last year with fewer snow days and Park City Public Works is striving to ensure the best possible conditions as has been the case for the last 40 festivals,” a festival spokesperson said this evening. Weather and its impact on the January 18-28 festival.
However, what is of great concern to many in the industry and tens of thousands of other attendees who come to town after a snowstorm: Will they slip and fall on Main Street? Indeed, despite being salty, the sidewalks proved difficult to walk with the handful of people here taking a few trips.
Traditionally, the Sundance Film Festival sees heavy snowfalls once or twice a year, with many attendees trying to spend some time on the slopes as part of their visit. However, it is rare to find such extreme road conditions in Utah, where there is a lot of snowfall at this time of year, as we have the past few days.
The weather reports tomorrow and January 18 are overcast with temperatures ranging between 37°F during the day and dropping to below 15°F at night. On the weekend, heavy snowfall begins again and continues until next week.
Currently, there is a severe weather advisory in effect for the area of Utah.
The upside is that although it is cold, there are no icy temperatures that often chill festival-goers to the bone as they head up and down Main Street or to the likes of the Egyptian Theater to watch movies. The downside is that travel is slow and can get creepier when it starts snowing again
Meanwhile, today’s storm at Salt Lake City Airport caused delays of 15 minutes or more, according to authorities. Tonight, wind chills will reach 31 degrees with a 71% chance of rain.