Winter storm causes canyon, road closures across Utah

Westbound I-84 is closed for a semi rollover at the rest area in Weber Canyon. Photo Courtesy: Utah Highway Patrol

Utah, Jan. 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A winter storm has caused the closure of numerous roads and canyons across Utah Monday morning.

The Unified Police Department’s Canyon Alerts tweeted that Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons both closed at 9:30 a.m. for avalanche control. As of 2:30 p.m., Big Cottonwood Canyon is open and Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed after a natural avalanche.

UTA also tweeted: “Due to inclement weather, ski service has been suspended through Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood Canyons, as well as service to Sundance Ski Resort.”

Utah Highway Patrol officials tweeted at 9 a.m. that eastbound Interstate 80 at Parley’s Canyon is closed “until the snow can be better cleared.” That roadway reopened at 10 a.m.

In addition, the tweet said, westbound Interstate 84 was closed for a semi rollover at the rest area in Weber Canyon. That road reopened at approximately 11 a.m.

“We’ll advise when each roadway reopens,” the tweet said.

UHP tweeted at 10:20 a.m.: “There is an active power line across the road at mile post 157 on I-15. A semi slid off in the area. Traffic is being diverted at mile post 146 and 158 through Kanosh. Power company en route. Hopefully it won’t be too long. Both directions of I-15 are closed. Snowing heavily in the area.”

The Utah Department of Transportation tweeted it has “all hands on deck” to clear the snow.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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