Utah Prepares For First Major Winter Storm; Avalanche Warning Issued

Utah Prepares For First Major Winter Storm; Avalanche Warning Issued


SALT LAKE CITY — With the first major storm of the season expected to move through Utah Monday, crews from the Utah Department of Transportation have been out on the roads preparing for the impending commute.


UDOT said their trucks would be out as soon as the snow begins coming down. The agency encouraged Utah drivers to be prepared, too.

UDOT said the most significant driving habit that contributes to accidents on snowy roads is drivers who are going too fast for the conditions. Their recommendation is to take your time, and arrive alive.

The national weather service is reporting as much as a 50 percent chance that a foot of snow ends up in the valleys along the Wasatch Front on Monday. Authorities have also issued an avalanche watch in the mountains of northern and central Utah. The U.S. Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center said Sunday that dangerous avalanche conditions were expected to begin Monday and last through the week in southeast Idaho, the Bear River Range, the Western Uintas and the Wasatch Plateau.

The danger will be greatest on mid- and upper-elevation slopes facing west and north.

The advisory didn’t apply to ski areas where avalanche control is normally conducted.

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