UHP trooper: Drivers taking snowy weather seriously

Nov 10 2012 - 7:14am

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Fishermen brave the snow on Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville on Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
A horse walks through a Huntsville field Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Two fishermen brave the snow on Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville on Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Fishermen brave the snow on Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville on Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
A horse walks through a Huntsville field Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Two fishermen brave the snow on Pineview Reservoir in Huntsville on Friday, November 9, 2012. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

Top of Utah motorists navigated Friday's snow without any major problems, police agencies say.

As of 6:30 p.m., Weber County had 25 weather-related crashes, mostly on Interstate 15, with no serious injuries, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper.

There were five crashes in Davis County and none in Box Elder County. Hopper said motorists seem to have taken the snow seriously and, overall, drove safely.

Sheriff's deputies in Davis and Weber counties also reported Friday evening there had been no weather-related crashes on non-freeway roads.

The stormy weather was caused by a cold front that moved through the state early Friday morning, bringing the first significant snowfall of the year to the valleys, said Steve Rogowski, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.

South Ogden had 2 1/2 inches of snow as of 2 p.m. Friday, and benches in Bountiful received 8.9 inches by 6 p.m., Rogowski said.

Snow is expected to continue today, with the largest accumulation this morning in southern Weber County, northern Davis County and Salt Lake County, Rogowski said.

Snow will also be heavy tonight into Sunday morning in the Salt Lake Valley and Tooele.

Areas that experience lake effect snow -- which occurs when cold air moves over warm water, picking up moisture and depositing it downstream -- could see a total of 4 to 8 inches snow through Sunday.

Rogowski said the high temperature today in Ogden is forecast to be 35 degrees and the low 23 degrees.

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