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Snow storm causes dozens of accidents

By Pat Reavy and Shara Park | Posted - Jan 29th, 2013 @ 2:51pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Another day, another snowy commute in northern Utah.

Unlike the last storm, however, Tuesday morning's winter weather initially affected Utah County more than Salt Lake County. Commuters in Davis and Weber counties also experienced significant delays in the morning commute due to snow.

From midnight until noon on Tuesday, the Utah Highway Patrol received reports of 15 accidents in Utah County plus an additional 53 vehicles that slid off the road. In Salt Lake County there were nine reported accidents and 17 slide-offs. Davis county reported 40 crashes and slide-offs.

One of the most serious crashes Tuesday was on state Route 30 in Box Elder County. About 8:40 a.m. a woman lost control of her vehicle and spun into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Camille Trimble, 20, of Tremonton, had to be extricated from her vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition with head injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, Katie Winkler, 28, of Tremonton, suffered leg injuries that were not life-threatening.

Parts of Utah County had received between 6 and 8 inches of snow by noon, according to the National Weather Service, while parts of Weber County had collected anywhere between 6 inches to up to 18 inches, according to KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman.

Changes to Provo School District bus routes:

Southeast bench

  • 2301 S. State (UTA stop)
  • 2050 S. State (UTA stop)
  • Spring Creek Elementary

Northeast bench

  • 820 N. 1200 East (northwest corner)
  • 2276 Temple View Drive
  • Timpview High School bus zone (northeast corner)
  • 351 E Foothill Drive

Find more on the snowy day procedures for transportation on the Provo School District website.

The Provo School District was forced to change bus pickup spots for students in the bench areas Tuesday morning because of the weather.

The Wasatch Front was expected to get a break from the snow sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Weyman said. But another storm is expected to hit much of the same areas again Wednesday morning.

Parts of southern Utah could see snow by Tuesday evening.

As of 2:45 p.m., restrictions were still in place for Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. Vehicles need 4-wheel drive or chains in order to go up either canyon.

The Utah Department of Transportation said Little Cottonwood Canyon will be closed from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for avalanche control.

Avalanche Danger (back country)

  • Logan: High
  • Ogden: Considerable
  • Salt Lake: Considerable
  • Provo: Considerable
  • Uintas: Considerable
  • Skyline: Moderate

Source: Utah Avalanche Center

The Salt Lake International Airport is open and no delays have been reported, but all planes are being de-iced prior to takeoff. Airport officials encourage air travelers to check flight status.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Check the forecast by clicking on the KSL Weather Center page.

Get traffic updates every half-hour throughout the day, and every 10 minutes on the nines beginning at 3 p.m., on KSL Newsradio.

Contributing: Linda Williams


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