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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Salt Lake City sets new daily precipitation record; traction law lifted in Cottonwood canyons

By Ashley Fredde, | Updated - Apr. 26, 2021 at 5:54 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 26, 2021 at 4:56 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City International Airport has passed the previous daily precipitation record for April 26, set in 2012 at 0.79 inches, with 0.80 inches on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The traction law was lifted for Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon for all vehicles on Monday at about 5:30 p.m. after going into effect around 2:40 p.m. after heavy rain, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City warned drivers to be aware of slick conditions and water pooling on the road as the rain continued to fall in Salt Lake City and throughout southwest Utah.

The weather service said areas in Salt Lake Valley broke the 1-inch rain mark.

The weather service had previously issued a winter weather advisory, which is in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. It centers around high-altitude areas across Utah such as all parts of the Wasatch Mountains, the western Uinta Mountains and the southern mountains.

NWS advises that snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches are likely in northern Utah, with some locations receiving over 1 foot of snow. Four to 8 inches of snow is expected in southern Utah, with some parts receiving more than 10 inches.

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