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Icy roads cause crashes, closures on I-15 overnight

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(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News, File)



LEHI — I-15 was closed for "nearly an hour" overnight at Point of the Mountain after icy roads caused multiple crashes.

The Utah Highway Patrol tweeted Sunday morning that troopers saw "a significant number of crashes," including one that involved 10 vehicles.

The UHP responded to 135 different wrecks across Utah between 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, it said, with a vast majority "in the overnight hours."

"As a reminder we plead with you to slow down when the weather changes," the UHP wrote. "Give yourself extra room all around your vehicle."

There were no serious injuries in the crashes. Trooper Chris Bishop said I-15 was closed from about 12:30 to 1:15 a.m.

A Winter Weather Advisory continues through 11 a.m. Sunday in northern Utah. National Weather Service data shows many valley locations received about an inch of snow overnight, while the mountains received multiple inches.

The Utah Department of Transportation says traction rules are in effect for Big and Little Cottonwood canyons Sunday morning. It is warning of heavy traffic in the canyons as Utahns take advantage of the weather to hit the slopes.

A backcountry avalanche warning is in effect. The Utah Avalanche Center says risk will be elevated "for several days."

UDOT is responding to multiple minor accidents across Utah highways Sunday, as well.

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