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Officials urge caution on the way to, and on, the slopes Saturday

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Officials urge caution on the way to, and on, the slopes Saturday

By Graham Dudley, | Updated - Jan. 23, 2021 at 10:13 a.m. | Posted - Jan. 23, 2021 at 8:32 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Traction rules have been lifted in the Cottonwood canyons Saturday morning, but officials are still urging caution as Utahns drive, ski and snowboard today.

"Road conditions are mainly wet, with some areas of slush," tweeted a Utah Department of Transportation account. "Drive with caution!"

Avalanche danger is considered high and the Utah Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche warning for northern Utah after overnight snowfall. One man died in an avalanche near Park City earlier this month.

Earlier Saturday, UDOT posted a photo of a truck that slid off the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but said it wasn't impacting traffic. The account later said the truck was soon cleared and that uphill road conditions are "looking good."

A few other minor accidents on northern Utah highways were also listed online Saturday morning.

Ski Utah said early Saturday that Alta, Brighton, Deer Valley, Snowbird and Solitude had all received at least 15 inches of snow in the past 24 hours. It's a much-needed storm after Utah's winter season was on pace to be one of the driest of all time.

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