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Snow showers slow commute, boost FrontRunner ridership

Snow showers slow commute, boost FrontRunner ridership



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Another snow storm is moving into the Wasatch Front this morning, causing slowdowns and slide offs for some northern Utah commuters. The next big storm is set for Christmas day.

Today's storm is not expected to be as powerful as yesterday's. Downtown Salt Lake City dodged most of the snow yesterday, but it's picking up snow this morning. Snow also is falling in some areas north of Salt Lake. Anywhere from a trace to a couple of inches is expected today.

Provo should see a little less snow today. It received six inches of snow in yesterday's storm. Orem saw eight inches, and in Pleasant Grove and Cedar Hills, people were shoveling closer to a foot of new powder.

Cold weather and icy roads contributed to several traffic accidents this morning, including a large backup on Interstate 15 southbound in Layton. Accidents were also reported on I-15 at 1300 South, in Springville, and on I-80 in Parley's Canyon and on I-80 and the 2100 South eastbound freeway ramp. You can get traffic updates throughout the morning on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.

This winter weather is good for FrontRunner. Utah Transit Authority says ridership goes up 10 to 15 percent in the snow.

Clint Christensen rides FrontRunner to and from his home in Willard. "I sleep through the snow storms. I don't have to worry about the car wrecks on the road," he said.

He says FrontRunner is much faster than driving in the snow. "Especially when it slows down around Farmington and Layton, you just zoom by at 70 miles an hour. It's nice," he said.

UTA says it has air blowers on the tracks that come on as soon as they detect moisture. FrontRunner trains also have plows on the front in case of deep drifts.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com
E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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