SALT LAKE CITY — Much of Utah is now under a Winter Weather Advisory after many areas, including Salt Lake City, saw significant snowfall beginning Sunday morning that is expected to continue into Monday.
According to the National Weather Service, the snow will abate for a time Sunday evening before returning Monday morning for the first commute of the week.
The Weather Service says the Wasatch Front can expect accumulations of up to 4 inches. The various winter weather advisories will expire first at 11 p.m. in the Uinta mountains, then Monday at 5 p.m. for central and southern Utah and 11 a.m. in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys. A full map of the weather advisories can be found at the National Weather Service website.
Here is a map of all Winter Weather Advisories, expiring in the following order:— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) November 8, 2020
11 PM MST Tonight Uinta mountains
5 AM MST Monday Southern and central Utah, Northern Wasatch
11 AM MST Monday Salt Lake, Toeele valleys, Wasatch mountains south of I-80#UTwxpic.twitter.com/qA7fDrFwQN
The November snow was wreaking havoc on Utah roadways Sunday, with various minor crashes and fender-benders causing delays. On Twitter, the Utah Highway Patrol reminded Utah drivers to increase their following distance, check their equipment, wear seatbelts, and don't speed. If you are in a wreck, the UHP asks that Utahns "please move off the freeway for the safety of our troopers and for your own safety."
As the snow falls today please remember to:— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) November 8, 2020
Increase following distance
Check your equipment
Wear your seatbelt
Drive at your ability
If you get into a fender bender please move off the freeway for the safety of our troopers and for your own safety. pic.twitter.com/GN92hqfOB7
As of 2:20 p.m., the Utah Department of Transportation lists minor crashes on Bangerter Highway and 3500 South; eastbound I-80 in Summit County; northbound I-215 at 5100 South; and more.
Traction restrictions are also in place at the mouth of the Cottonwood Canyons, meaning approved tires are required to enter.
Ski bus safety
Earlier Sunday, the Utah Transit Authority released its plans for its popular ski buses that ferry Utahns from the valleys to popular ski resorts like Snowbird, Alta and Brighton. Service to those resorts and Solitude will begin on Nov. 29; service to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain will begin on Dec. 12.
The coronavirus pandemic has led UTA to require masks on all its vehicles, and that stipulation will remain in place on its ski bus service. In addition, the agency will limit ridership to 20 people at a time and encourage riders to remain at least 6 feet apart during the journey. It says riders "should anticipate longer travel times" to the resorts due to the enhanced safety measures.
More information is available at rideuta.com/Rider-Info/Ski-Service.