SALT LAKE CITY — Several inches of snow are expected Friday as a winter storm that began Monday continues along the Wasatch Front.
Friday morning saw intermittent rain that turned to snow in the afternoon and is expected to last through the evening with a passing cold front, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service.
Moderate to heavy snow is expected along the I-15 corridor in parts of the Wasatch Front, the agency said. Drivers should be prepared for winter driving conditions and plan accordingly.
Four-wheel drive and chains are required for all drivers in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons and chains are required for semitrucks on eastbound I-80 at the mouth of Parleys Canyon.
2/Drivers should be prepared for icy roads throughout all of the Salt Lake, Ogden and Provo metro areas. This means:— KSL (@KSLcom) November 26, 2019
⚠️ Slow down, drive under the speed limit
🚗 Increase your following distance
⏱ Give yourself extra time
❗️ Buckle up
Officials have reopened U.S. Highway 189 in Provo Canyon following poor weather conditions and a crash, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office. Further restrictions have also been lifted in Provo Canyon after UDOT plows cleared a path for drivers.
A majority of downhill traffic has been emptied from Little Cottonwood Canyon on state Route 201 as uphill roads reopened with UPD alternating traffic, UDOT stated. The closure occurred following two buses and a semi becoming stuck at Stick Rock, which UPD pulled out. The highway was also closed earlier in the day following a semi crash which caused slide-offs and slowdowns.
Jackknifed semis and stalled vehicles have also closed I-80 eastbound in Parleys Canyon, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, which recommends adjusting routes accordingly.
Big Cottonwood Canyon Road in Salt Lake County and WB I-80 near Park City in Summit County have both been closed, UDOT confirmed.
Drivers can check winter road conditions from UDOT here or dial 511.
Weather Alert: rd snow develops along the Wasatch Front (mainly SLC northward) after 2/3 PM and continues into the evening hours before diminishing. Areas of rd snow continue along I-15 in central/southern UT into Fri night More info here: https://t.co/4P1gO1U0Gg#utwx#utsnowpic.twitter.com/dqCIrLHcJQ— UDOT Traffic (@UDOTTRAFFIC) November 29, 2019
Most of the Wasatch Front can expect anywhere between 1-4 inches of snow throughout the day while the mountains may see an additional 1-2 feet of snow, according to KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman.
The storm is expected to clear by Saturday afternoon, he said.
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service in west central and southwest Utah remains in effect until 5 p.m.
Follow the KSL Traffic Center on Twitter @KSLTraffic for up-to-date information. More traffic updates are available from UDOT at udottraffic.utah.gov. Get the full weather forecast at ksl.com/weather.