Weather warning for roads in all states until Thursday morning
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Early morning commuters Wednesday were greeted with snow-packed highways and towering berms, all of which completely erased any evidence of lanes.
Drivers have been asked to keep it slow – or delay travel if possible.
We’re updating this article throughout the morning, so check back for the latest weather information. We are also updating the list of school districts reporting delays.
The Utah Avalanche Center warned backcountry skiers that Wednesday morning’s forecast, which had an avalanche risk in the mountains north of Utah, was not expected to hold.
“…Heavy snowfall and strong winds will cause the avalanche danger to rise to a high level as the day progresses,” according to the UAC. “Keep a close eye on changing weather conditions, as avalanche danger will increase with the storm.”
While morning snow began falling in parts of the Wasatch Front by 8 a.m., northern areas were still affected. Many school districts and charter schools have announced delays as a result.
Additionally, the Utah Department of Transportation has issued road weather advisories for most major highways in the state through Thursday morning.
According to UDOT, the following roads were expected to experience “weather-related travel concerns” as of 10 a.m. on January 18:
- I-80, the whole way
- I-15, ID border to Cedar City
- I-70, I-15 GCT. and east over the San Rafael Swell
- I-84, the entire route
- I-215, the entire route
- US-89, Idaho border across the Wasatch Front; US-6 Jct to Mount Pleasant
- US-189, the entire route
- US-191, Wyoming border to Vernal; Duchesne to the US-6 junction over the top of Indian Canyon
- US-40, the entire route
- US-6, Kings Canyon; Eureka. East of the Delta to the Green River
- SR-190 Big Cottonwood, entire track
- SR-210 Little Cottonwood, the entire route
- SR-31, entire route
- SR-35, entire route
- SR-39, entire route
- SR-20, Summit
- SR-143, Summit
- SR-14, Summit
- SR-44, the entire route
- SR-150, the entire route
- SR-158, the entire route
Drivers north of Salt Lake City were particularly feeling the effects of the blizzard, and the situation in northern Utah overall was much worse than it was at 5 a.m., when only one crash was reported on UDOT’s traffic map.
As of 8 a.m., there were 280 incidents on the map — most of them accidents. The UDOT accident report also includes alerts regarding towing laws, restrictions and closures on Valley roads.
Despite the dangerous conditions, the Utah Department of Transportation reported only one incident at the 5 a.m. start.
Drivers took it slow, at least at the beginning of the trip, and were relatively patient as UDOT plow crews tried to keep up with the accumulating snow.
The Salt Lake City Police Department urged drivers to delay their trips if possible, and shared photos of a crash near 6400 West and 700 North, where officers reported reduced visibility.
2News also tracks any school delays or cancellations with a complete list of school district schedules, which is updated as classes begin.
This article will continue to be updated throughout the morning with important weather and traffic news. Check back for the latest information.
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