Night snow makes roads slippery and dangerous on Saturday

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SALT LAKE CITY – Officials warned the Utahns to drive safely on Saturday after inches of overnight snow across northern Utah caused widespread wreckage and delays.
The Utah Department of Transportation tracked several different crashes on their traffic conditions website throughout the day. A rollover accident was also reported near Butler Fork in Big Cottonwood Canyon just before 3 p.m., with three children and an adult who all walked away with minor injuries.

“Expect delays. Please drive with caution on those slippery canyon roads, ”UDOT tweeted. The turnaround was authorized after 5 p.m.

Utah Highway Patrol also reminded Utah drivers on its Twitter account to slow down, increase tracking distance, wear seat belts, and stay alert on slippery roads. “The Salt Lake Troopers are very busy this morning,” he told me.

A Utah Transit Authority bus skidded on a roundabout near 900 S. 1100 East Saturday morning. There were no passengers on the bus and the driver was unharmed, but an UTA supervisor who came to examine the accident slipped on the ice, hit his head and was taken away to be checked, said a spokesperson.

Traction rules were in effect Saturday morning for Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon as well as for Spanish Fork Canyon, meaning vehicles must be equipped with appropriate traction devices or snow tires to enter.

On Saturday morning, the National Weather Service estimated Salt Lake City had received 0.8 inches of snow. Snowbird reported 4 inches overnight, Solitude reported 3, and Canyons Village in Park City reported 7.

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Graham Dudley

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