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UDOT Issues Winter Storm Advisory: Drivers Should Adjust Schedules, Avoid Wasatch Front Roads

Casey Erickson

Winter storm expected to drop several inches of snow on valley highways, up to two feet in canyons

Tonight the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) issued a winter storm advisory for travel Wednesday morning, Feb. 17, along the Wasatch Front, and urged drivers to plan ahead, telecommute if possible or delay their trips until later in the day.

The storm is expected to have the heaviest impact in Salt Lake, Tooele, southern Davis, and northern Utah counties. Most snow is expected between 10 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Snow totals of 4-6 inches are expected in the valleys along the I-15 corridor, while bench areas are expected to receive up to a foot of snow. The Cottonwood canyons are expected to see 20-25 inches of new snow.  

Recent heavy snowfall combined with a weak existing snowpack has created significant avalanche danger. Both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons are closed overnight for avalanche control work, and these closures could extend into late Wednesday morning. Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead by checking the UDOT Traffic App, the UDOT Cottonwoods website and @UDOTCottonwoods social media channels, or visit local ski resort websites for the latest information before heading up the Cottonwood Canyons.

“With this much snow expected, we’ve got to put safety first,” said John Gleason, UDOT spokesman. “If drivers can stay off the roads tomorrow morning, they can avoid the worst of the weather, and give our crews a chance to remove the snow from the highways and lower the risk of avalanches in the canyons.”

For the latest information on road conditions and traffic throughout the state, visit the UDOT Traffic website (udottraffic.utah.gov) or download the UDOT Traffic app for iPhone or Android.

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