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Drivers face slick, slow commute

By KSL.com | Posted - Nov. 29, 2010 at 1:59 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Motorists were advised to brace for a rough ride as they headed out the door for the Monday morning commute. Twenty-four hours of snowfall led to slick roads along the Wasatch Front.

Interstate 84 at the Idaho border now has reopened.

The Utah Department of Transportation reports multiple slide-offs on Interstate 15 south of Cedar City.

Interstate 15 along the Wasatch Front went from snow-packed early Monday to slushy as the commute got underway. UDOT warned drivers to slow down and allow plenty of time for travel.

School closures and delays
Closed
  • Capitol Hill Academy, Salt Lake
  • Summit Academy, Draper
Delayed
  • Salt Lake Lutheran High School -- 10 a.m.
  • Salt Lake Community College -- 11 a.m.

Classes at Capitol Hill Academy and Summit Academy were canceled due to weather. Start times were delayed at Salt Lake Lutheran High School and Salt Lake Community College.

The weather created terrible driving conditions when the storm first hit Sunday. The Utah Highway Patrol reported more than 300 slide-offs and crashes in 11 counties across the state.

UHP Lt. John Mitchell said, "If people would just slow down, take their time, give themselves enough time to get where they need to go, we could avoid these types of accidents."

Accidents were reported Sunday on I-15 in Bountiful, I-215 in north Salt Lake, I-80 between 7200 West and 9900 West, and at 600 North and I-15 in Salt Lake. Also, a truck jackknifed at 4700 South on I-215. A single mother of three was killed in a wreck on I-15 in Riverdale.

UHP reported crash totals for this storm through 6 a.m. Monday for Salt Lake and Utah counties alone are:

  • 41 injury accidents
  • 251 property damage reports
  • 50 slide-offs

Restrictions have been lifted for semis traveling through Parley's Canyon and for vehicles in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. Get traffic updates on KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

Get the weather forecast here.

Some areas of Utah received up to 14 inches of snow from this storm. Provo Canyon got 10 inches and 9.5 inches fell in Fillmore.

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Story written with contributions from Andrew Adams, Courtney Orton and The Associated Press.

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