Storm clears air just in time for Christmas

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NORTHERN UTAH -- A winter blast hit Utah Tuesday, just in time for Christmas. Depending on where you were, you may have seen anything from heavy snow to light flurries, and even rain.

Traffic snaked around the Point of the Mountain Tuesday night; an accident blocking a southbound lane on Interstate 15 tied things up for quite a bit.

Plows on side streets and freeways tried to keep the roads clear for commuters, but even that couldn't keep drivers from sliding all over the place.

Earlier in the afternoon, the slick and snowy conditions in Provo Canyon resulted in a two-car crash inside the tunnel near the Sundance turnoff.


"The pickup truck was going too fast around the corner, lost control of the vehicle," said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Emery Calkins.

Semi trucks had a tough day Tuesday as well. One rolled over on Interstate 80 near 2300 East. Up in Layton, a semi overturned after a speedy Jeep lost control and ran into him.

"It is icy and it is snow-packed out here, so it is dangerous," said UHP Trooper Eric White. "We've probably, just in Davis County, had 20 to 25 [accidents]."

If you didn't have to drive, the snow was a pleasant change and lots of fun for children.

After a day's storm, many people had to get out their shovels and start scraping.

"I'm happy for the snow, happy to have it. It's clearing out the air; and if you're a skier, then it's a good thing," said Utah County resident Tim Cosgrove.

UHP said troopers were staying busy Tuesday night. In Salt Lake and Utah counties, troopers have seen 127 crashes, 25 injury accidents and 12 slide-offs.

The KSL Weather team says the snow is expected to continue Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Skies are expected to be clear as we approach Christmas Day.


Story compiled with contributions from Nicole Gonzales and Sam Penrod.


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