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Early-season snow closes roads Sunday in northern Utah

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 24th, 2017 @ 5:06pm


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PARK CITY — Early-season snow continued to fall around northern Utah, with a few first-of-the-season road closures.

Guardsman Pass was closed at about 2:30 p.m., according to Utah Department of Transportation. The pass was closed on both the east and west sides. Both state Route 190 and Route 224 were closed at the pass, UDOT said.

Guardsman Pass will be closed until at least 9 a.m. Monday, according to the UDOT traffic website.

UDOT reported just after 10 a.m. Sunday that a gate had been closed on state Route 224, just past Park City Hall in Summit County. The gate would be opened as soon as crews could clear the area.

Officials in Alta reported 8 inches of snow on the ground in some places. Snowplows were out in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and drivers should expect snowy roads, especially on state Route 210 in the canyon.

Albion Basin Road, above Alta Ski Resort, also was closed on Sunday morning.

Snow was on the ground Sunday morning in other places across northern Utah, including Bear Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon and Parleys Canyon.

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Winter warning on Sunday.

"Accumulating snow is expected to continue across the higher elevations of northern and central Utah through this evening. Significant accumulations are expected for portions of the Wasatch, Uintas and central Utah mountains, generally above 7,000 feet. Snow may also accumulate in some higher valleys, such as southwest Wyoming and the Wasatch Mountain valleys," the weather service reported.

KSL's meteorologists also warned of a winter weather advisory on Sunday, remaining in effect until Monday morning for the Wasatch Mountains from I-80 north. Between 4 to 8 inches of snow was expected in those areas. Motorists were cautioned to expected hazardous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said several major highways in Utah would be affected by the weather, including I-15 near the Cove Fort area, I-80 near the Utah/Wyoming state line and at Parleys Summit and I-70 near the Clear Creek and Ivie Creek summits.

There may be snow on the road on U.S. Highway 89 near the Logan Summit and on U.S. Highway 40 near the Daniels Summit and Strawberry Reservoir, the weather service said.

State Route 150 near Bald Mountain Pass also could be affected by snow.

Sunday’s high temperature in Salt Lake City was predicted to be 49 degrees, with a low of 40 degrees, according to the KSL weather report. Monday’s high is predicted to be 57 degrees, with a low of 40 degrees.

Contributing: Pat Reavy

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