UHP responds to 234 crashes Monday; drivers urged to slow down

Photo: noaa.gov

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Highway Patrol was busy with crashes and slide-offs most of Monday, and the roads are expected to be especially slick overnight into Tuesday.

UHP officials tweeted that, as of 9 p.m. Monday, troopers had responded to 234 crashes statewide.

“Temps are dropping as the storm passes,” the UHP tweet said. “Keep your speeds slow in order to be ready for when you encounter icy patches of road surface.”

Utah Department of Transportation crews worked to keep the roadways as clear as possible, but many canyon roads had to be closed because of the extreme danger of avalanches.

Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed until at least 8 a.m. Tuesday. Four-wheel drive or chains are required for the mountain roads that are open.

A Facebook post from the National Weather Service said, “Despite the snow ending in many valleys across Utah, snow is expected to continue overnight for many mountain ranges and mountain passes.”

For information about current road conditions, click here for the UDOT Traffic website.

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