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UHP responds to 76 crashes as rain, snow hits Utah

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Sep 11th, 2019 @ 5:07pm | Posted - Sep 11th, 2019 @ 4:35pm



SALT LAKE CITY — Utah weather wreaked havoc across the state Wednesday, from heavy rains to snow in some areas. Read below for the latest updates on all things weather.

Drive safe; UHP responds to 76 crashes

As drivers head into the evening commute, Utah Highway Patrol advised drivers to stay cautious and alert. Troopers responded to 76 crashes Wednesday as of 3:30 p.m.

Troopers urged drivers to increase following distance beyond two seconds and keep an eye out for standing water on roads.

Additionally, drivers may want to slow down due to wet roadways.

Flooding

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Thanks to steady, heavy rain, an urban and small stream flood advisory was issued by the National Weather Service Salt Lake City for Little Cottonwood Canyon until 5 p.m.

Officials with Utah Department of Transportation warned drivers of debris on the roadways in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons and noted crews were working hard to reinforce the hillside.

Kearns and West Valley

Earlier Wednesday, an urban and small stream flood advisory was issued due to storms over Kearns and West Valley City, according to NWS Salt Lake City.

According to NWS radar estimates, 0.5 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes and caused ponding of water in poor drainage areas. The advisory was in place until 1:30 p.m.

North Salt Lake and southeast Davis County

Ponding of water occurred on I-215, I-15 and I-80 earlier Wednesday, and an urban and small stream flood advisory was issued for North Salt Lake and southeast Davis County until 12:45 p.m., according to NWS Salt Lake City.

More than 0.5 inches of rain had fallen in several areas of Salt Lake County over the last 48 hours as of 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to NWS Salt Lake City precipitation report.

A video shared on Twitter showed standing water on State Street, just south of the Utah Capitol.

Snow in September

Just one day after the first snow of the season at Bald Mountain Pass in the high Uintas, snow fell in Mirror Lake.

Snow fell on Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019 at Mirror Lake in Utah. (Photo: Andrey Meharg)

Utahns looking to a get a jumpstart on the ski season were probably excited to see snow at Snowbird Resort, in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon also saw some snow.

It snowed at Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Wednesday Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort)
Lauren Bennett

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