Salt Lake’s first snow causing problems for drivers

Dec 9, 2021, 3:40 PM | Updated: 4:12 pm
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December 9, 2021: A jackknived semi blocks traffic on SB I-215 in Taylorsville. Photo credit: Salt Lake City Fire Department

SALT LAKE CITY — A jackknifed semi on southbound I-215 in Taylorsville closed the southbound lanes on Thursday afternoon as police and fire worked to clear the scene caused by Salt Lake’s first snow of the season.

The Utah Highway Patrol diverted southbound traffic onto I-80 as officials worked to move the semi off of the median.

Forecasters expected heavier snowfall at higher elevations throughout the day on Thursday. By mid-morning Utah’s traction law was in effect in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons in Salt Lake County.

However, at least one vehicle slid off of the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Salt Lake City reported that several of their snowplows were active throughout the day on Thursday. The location of their plows can be tracked at this web page.

The National Weather Service reported that the snow falling on Thursday was the first measurable snowfall to fall in Utah’s capital city for 259 days, which is the fourth-longest period of time for Salt Lake to go without snow.

 Earlier, on Thursday a Morgan County School District school bus rolled on an icy road just as it began picking up students. Officials reported that a few students were aboard at the time of the accident on Highway 66 but that there were no injures. An investigation was expected to reveal more about what happened and why the bus slid.

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