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SALT LAKE CITY — A predicted post-Super Bowl storm began dumping snow across the Wasatch Front overnight, turning the Monday morning commute into a challenging mess.
A winter storm advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday.
Several spinouts and crashes were reported from Willard to Spanish Fork, according to the KSL Traffic Center. The traffic areas hit the hardest in the 5 a.m. hour appeared to be on I-15 between Midvale and Murray, and the I-215 belt routes on the east and west sides of the Salt Lake Valley.
As of 7:45 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol troopers had investigated 313 crashes statewide since midnight. Most of these were in Salt Lake County. Motorists should expect to double their typical driving time, the traffic center said.
A car crash caused a power outage that impacted 2,656 customers in the South Salt Lake and Sugar House area about 3:20 p.m., according to Rocky Mountain Power. Power had been restored by 4 p.m.
About 1:40 p.m., a southbound car slid off I-15 into a pond at 1000 North, according to Salt Lake City Fire Department officials.
One individual was released on scene and the other was transported to a hospital as a precaution, officials said.
During an early February snow storm last year, which started Feb. 5, 2019 and continued through Feb. 6, 2019, troopers responded to 410 crashes across the state.
#RoadUpdate: Road conditions in #BCCroad#SR190 remain snowy with low vis. Be very cautious, esp in the lower half of the canyon. While ❄️ is forecasted to let up late this evening, low temps will build ice. Blowing snow is also a concern. @UDOTTRAFFIC@CanyonAlerts#utwxpic.twitter.com/SK3MtntKCx— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) February 3, 2020
Officials urged Utahns not to drive on Monday.
"We're recommending that if people have flexibility with their travel (Monday), that they stay off the roads as much as possible," said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason. "Our primary focus is keeping everyone safe, and just having fewer people out on the roads (Monday) during this major snowstorm, that's going to allow us to accomplish that goal."
Chains or four-wheel drive are required in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. Little Cottonwood Canyon and state Route 210 was scheduled to close at 1:30 p.m. for avalanche mitigation. Chains are required for semitrucks in Parleys Canyon.
Up north, I-84 is closed from the Utah state line to the I-86 junction in Idaho, just east of Burley, due to drifting snow and gusty winds.
KSL meteorologist Dan Guthrie anticipated Utah would see half its snowfall total overnight and half throughout the day on Monday. Though the storm will abate by Tuesday, he said, another storm system could blow through the state on Wednesday.
During the Monday storm, expect about 4-8 inches of snow in the valleys throughout northern and central Utah, Guthrie said. Some cities will see higher totals — forecasts anticipate about 10 inches for Salt Lake City and 12 inches for Tooele. The mountains should pick up about 1-2 feet of snowfall from the storm.
Here's who gets the most impact... the areas shaded in pink.... that's the Winter Storm Warning area... pic.twitter.com/5JCXOPQu74— Grant Weyman (@KSLweyman) February 3, 2020
Warning: A special avalanche advisory for those unaccustomed to avalanche danger was issued in the valleys and the benches, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. Avoid steep terrain. The avalanche danger is considerable for the Salt Lake, Logan, Ogden, Uintas and Provo area mountains.
There was a steep dropoff in high temperatures between Sunday and Monday. While Salt Lake City topped out around 56 degrees on Sunday, high temperatures over the next three days will plummet to 26, 25 and 27 degrees.
Closures and delays
Many school districts canceled the school day entirely before 6 a.m., while others announced late starts. Other businesses and government entities have also announced delays and closures. We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest closures:
- Alpine School District
- Salt Lake City School District
- Canyons School District
- Juab School District
- Nebo School District
- Jordan School District (school and activities)
- Murray School District
- Provo School District
- Beaver School District
- University of Utah
- LDS Business College
- Westminster College
- Salt Lake Community College
- Juan Diego Catholic Schools
- Layton Christian Academy
- Intermountain Christian
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
- McGillis School
- Saint Olaf Catholic School
- Blessed Sacrament School
- Kearns-Saint Ann Catholic School
- Madeleine Choir School
- Judge Memorial Catholic School
- Guadalupe Schools
- Saint Andrew Catholic School
- Carden Memorial School
- Monticello Academy (West Valley)
- Lumen Scholar Institute (online classes only)
- Hawthorn Academy
- City Academy
- Spectrum Academy (Pleasant Grove)
- Athlos Academy of Utah (school and activities)
- Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind (all campuses)
- Ascent Academy West Jordan
- Freedom Prep Academy (all campuses)
- Mount Vernon Academy
- Dancing Moose Montessori School
- Entheos Academy (Kearns and Magna locations)
- Elizabeth Academy (Millcreek)
- Garfield School (Salt Lake)
- Academy for Math, Engineering and Science
- Canyon Rim Academy
- Roots Charter High School
- Franklin Discovery Academy
- Waterford School
- Rowland Hall
- The Children's Center (Salt Lake City and Kearns locations closed)
- Utah Valley University
- Brigham Young University
- Utah State University
- Iron School District
- Millard School District
Two-hour late start:
- Cache, Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Ogden, Logan, Park City, Ogden and Tooele school districts
- Granite School District: School is delayed two hours from the normal start time, and buses will be running on a two-hour delay. Parents should keep their children home if they don't feel safe driving to school, Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. The school district is keeping schools open, however, because there are many families who don't have any other options where their children can be appropriately supervised and get a hot meal, Horsley added. Hundreds have already arrived at the normal start time.
- NUAMES Early
- College High School
- Syracuse Arts Academy
- Ascent Academy Farmington
- Venture High School
- HighMark Charter School
- East Hollywood High School
- Leadership Learning Academy (Layton, Ogden)
- Good Foundations Academy
- Hawthorn Academies
- Summit Academy
- Spectrum Academy (North Salt Lake)
- Renaissance Academy Charter School (campus in Lehi will start at 10 a.m.)
Major businesses/government centers:
- City Creek Center (opens at noon)
- Davis County Health Department (open at 10 a.m.)
- Utah Legislature (committee meetings will be delayed until 9 a.m. and floor time will begin at 11:30 a.m.)
- Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
- Hogle Zoo (delayed opening time)
- Matheson, West Jordan, Tooele, and Summit County courthouses (delayed until noon)
- Nonessential Salt Lake County employees under the mayor's administration should avoid driving in to work and should work remotely if they can
- Holladay City Hall and Justice Court closed today
- Top Golf (closed until 5 p.m.)
- Logan City offices (delayed until 10 a.m.)
- Several trash and recycling services will be canceled today across the Wasatch Front, including in Draper, Centerville, South Salt Lake, Sandy and the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District
- Salt Lake City Library closed today
- Clinton and Syracuse city justice courts closed today
- Murray City Justice Court (will close at 2 p.m.)
- Salt Lake City Justice Court (will close at noon)
- Sacred Circle Healthcare Clinic in Salt Lake is closed today
Salt Lake City International Airport
Record-breaking snowfall hit Salt Lake City International Airport during the storm, with 8.6 inches as of 4:53 p.m., according to National Weather Service Salt Lake City. The old record was set in 1936 with 7 inches, NWS officials said.
There were flight delays of about 60-90 minutes as of 3:45 p.m. and five departing flights and five arriving flights were canceled. Passengers are encouraged to check with their airline regarding possible delays. Crews at the airport are clearing snow from the runways.
Contributing: Lauren Bennett, KSL.com