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Autumn leaves still have not fallen from the trees at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.  (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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Wintry weather complicates travel in parts of Utah

By Ashley Fredde, | Updated - Nov. 13, 2020 at 10:47 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 13, 2020 at 5:25 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Early winter snow and storms made travel difficult in parts of Utah on Friday.

Sardine Canyon southbound lanes reopened after a semitruck jackknifed in the canyon at Dry Lake Hill, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

A crash around 10:30 p.m. Friday on northbound Bangerter Highway near 13400 south closed left turn lanes, the southbound right lane, eastbound left lanes and westbound left lanes. UDOT estimated the clearance time to be around 11:16 p.m.; check UDOT's traffic website for further updates.

The department also announced around 10:20 p.m. on Friday that there are roadway restrictions eastbound on I-80 in Parleys Canyon. UDOT is requiring chains for semitrucks.

There are also additional roadway restrictions on U.S. Highway 91, eight miles from Logan. After the semitruck jackknifed there Friday evening, officials advised individuals not to attempt to travel Sardine Canyon right now without chains or a 4x4.

Cache dispatchers reported at about 5:30 p.m. that the authorities had moved the semitruck that was blocking southbound lanes and that traffic was slowly moving. Travel is still not advised. Around 6:30 p.m., UDOT said that U.S. 91 was again closed at Center Street in Wellsville but later showed it as opened around 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City advised drivers that Cache Valley would be experiencing snow in the northern portion of the valley creating slick roadways. The slick roadways were expected to impact driving across the entire valley.

The National Weather Service also notified drivers that travel along I-80 east of Salt Lake City through southwest Wyoming would deteriorate early Friday evening as heavier snowfall moves into the area, as well as in the areas of I-15/I-84 north of Tremonton to the Idaho border. Rain is expected to change to snow toward Ogden with roads being wet.

The traction law is now in effect for both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, according to Utah Department of Transportation.

_Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Cache County as Logan County; dispatchers at the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center of the Logan Police Department answer calls for all of Cache County._


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