SAFETY

UDOT expects nasty traffic this week thanks to weather and holiday travel

Nov 25, 2019, 5:32 PM | Updated: Nov 26, 2019, 5:24 am
(Photo: Plows at the ready at the UDOT Traffic Operation Center.  Credit: Paul Nelson)...
(Photo: Plows at the ready at the UDOT Traffic Operation Center. Credit: Paul Nelson)
(Photo: Plows at the ready at the UDOT Traffic Operation Center. Credit: Paul Nelson)

WASATCH FRONT – Road closures, crashes and slide-offs… the nasty weather is causing huge problems for drivers all over northern Utah.  Transportation officials say we aren’t out of the woods yet either.

Snowfall has been a factor in several serious crashes across the northern portion of Utah.  The Utah Highway Patrol says they responded to 270 crashes statewide and still had 25 or 30 to get to as of 9:30 Monday night.

 

One of those crashes investigators say proved fatal when a semi driver lost control on I-15 near Riverdale Road, slamming into another semi that was pulled off the road and killing the driver who was outside of his rig.  Heavy, quick snowfall also shut down  Sardine Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon were both closed due to crashes.

Traffic watchers say the mountain passes will see a lot of issues over the next few days.

“[From] Parley’s Canyon to Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon, we’re going to see those higher elevations take a little more of the brunt of the storm,” according to UDOT Spokesman John Gleason.

Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel holidays of the entire year, and Gleason says the weather forecast doesn’t fill them with confidence.  Their meteorologists say more snowfall is expected to hit on Wednesday, right when most people will be traveling.

Gleason says, “That is not the ideal time because that is when everybody is going to be out on the road, not only for the evening commute, but a lot of people are just getting off of work and hitting the road to get to where they want to go for Thanksgiving.”

Plus, there will likely be more on Thursday and Friday.  Sunday afternoon is also expected to be extremely heavy, traffic-wise.  Gleason says they’re already expecting at least 30 minutes of delays on the freeways.

“That’s just with the holiday traffic.  If you throw in a winter storm, then we could be talking about a real challenging situation on our roads,” he says.

Safety experts say the weather doesn’t actually cause anyone to lose control, rather, we force ourselves to lose control by not driving safely when conditions are bad.  Gleason says it’s important to have things like emergency kits in our cars just in case we get stranded.  Plus, since we don’t have mandatory safety inspections every year, it’s up to us to ensure our cars are able to handle the snow.

“These are the months that you really need to make sure that you have proper tread, because if you’re out there and there are slick conditions, that’s when you’re going to be able to tell that you don’t have the proper tires.  Unfortunately, [it would be] too late,” Gleason says.

Today’s Top Stories

Safety

The Kaysville Fourth of July Parade is canceled after a medical emergency....
Kira Hoffelmeyer

8-year-old girl in critical condition after getting injured at Kaysville parade

KAYSVILLE, Utah — An 8-year-old has been critically injured during the Kaysville City Fourth of July parade. Kaysville Police say the girl was taken to a hospital for her injuries. This happened at 175 S. Main St in Kaysville. It’s unclear if the child fell off the float and was hit, or if she was […]
1 day ago
Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
2 days ago
Map of Layton City firework restrictions...
Waverly Golden

Layton City is under extreme firework restrictions

A Facebook post by Layton City said a firework ban is in place east of Highway 89 and hazard zones. Citations will be issued for violations.
3 days ago
Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
4 days ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
4 days ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
UDOT expects nasty traffic this week thanks to weather and holiday travel