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More than 150 crashes reported in northern Utah as snow falls

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Dec 12th, 2018 @ 10:04pm | Posted - Dec 12th, 2018 @ 10:00am


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SALT LAKE CITY — A snowstorm passing through northern Utah resulted in slick roads and traffic delays on Wednesday.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to a total of 98 crashes in Salt Lake and Utah counties from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., the agency tweeted. UHP investigated 166 reportable crashed, the agency said in a statement Wednesday night.

"A little better than (the) last storm, but we can do better, folks. Give yourself more following distance, avoid getting in a hurry and ensure your tires have the necessary tread to keep you safe," Utah Highway Patrol officials tweeted.

Utah Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed one of the vehicle incidents was a UDOT snowplow that lost its plow on southbound I-15 in Draper near the Point of the Mountain about 11 a.m.

The incident briefly closed an HOV lane and another left lane while crews reattached the plow to the truck.

However, the crashes continued later into the day. At 3:35 p.m. UHP tweeted they were handling three or four different crashes on U.S. Highway 40 near Park City because of blowing snow. The agency warned of delays and urged caution driving in the area because of the conditions.

KSL Traffic Center reported that the crashes and snowy conditions were leading to delays across the Wasatch Front.

Four-wheel drive or chains are required for motorists driving through Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, Unified Canyon Alerts tweeted out Wednesday morning. Four-wheel drive or chains are also required for all vehicles traveling east on I-80 through Parleys Canyon, UDOT officials said.

The storm was forecasted to drop 1-3 inches of snow throughout northern Utah valleys, 3-5 inches of snow in Utah’s benches, and more in the mountains Wednesday morning and into the afternoon, according to KSL Weather.

Drivers were advised to slow down on the roads as snow piles up.

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