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Snow snarls morning commute, prompts school delay Tuesday

Slick roads caused several crashes on westbound I-80 and northbound Bangerter Highway late on Monday.

Slick roads caused several crashes on westbound I-80 and northbound Bangerter Highway late on Monday. (Utah Highway Patrol)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Lake-effect snow turned many roads icy along the Wasatch Front on Tuesday morning, resulting in multiple accidents and a school delay in Davis County.

State troopers reported several car crashes caused by road conditions overnight. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Roden said from 6 p.m. Monday to 12 p.m. Tuesday there were 190-200 crashes.

Up to eight vehicles were involved in crashes near the off-ramp of westbound I-80 and northbound Bangerter Highway near the airport, according to Roden.

Roden said the ramp was closed for a while overnight after there were four separate crashes. One crash resulted in moderate injuries, but they are not expected to be life-threatening.

Salt Lake police tweeted later Tuesday morning that a police car was hit while an officer was investigating a multiple-vehicle crash. No injuries were reported.

Roy police also reminded drivers to slow down on icy roads after a vehicle they say was going too fast for conditions failed to make it around a turn near 5600 S. 3400 West. The pickup truck slid into the front yard of a home, "causing what appeared to be minor structural damage to the garage and an unoccupied parked vehicle in the driveway," a Facebook post said. No one was injured.

A single-vehicle crash in the area of 5600 S. 3400 West in Roy on Tuesday. Police urged motorists to slow down in slick conditions.
A single-vehicle crash in the area of 5600 S. 3400 West in Roy on Tuesday. Police urged motorists to slow down in slick conditions. (Photo: Roy Police Department)

Storm totals

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City said the storm totals were impressive, including 19 inches at Powder Mountain.

Utah's snow illustrated the wonders of the lake effect, with Clearfield receiving 7.9 inches and Kaysville receiving 9.2 inches. North Salt Lake received 6.7 inches.

The National Weather Service is reporting the statewide snowpack at 153% of the median, and that does not include the snow that dropped Tuesday morning.

School delay

School started two hours late in the Davis School District Tuesday due to winter weather.

High schools started at 9:30 a.m., junior highs at 10:10 a.m., and elementary schools at 10:50 a.m. School buses in the district were also on a two-hour delay.

Kindergarten and preschool classes, before-school programs and field trips scheduled to begin prior to the late-start time were canceled.

Granite School District tweeted that it anticipated a normal start to the school day but urged motorists to travel safely.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remained in effect Tuesday morning.

Full seven-day forecasts for areas across Utah can be found online, at the KSL Weather Center.

Contributing: Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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