Sudden Utah snowstorm causes messy commute

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Bryon Saxton, Charles F. Trentelman

OGDEN — Unsettled weather from a series of snow storms moving through Utah is expected to continue today, with a short but fierce show storm moving through this morning.

The National Weather Service said the storm would cross the Utah/Idaho border about midnight and hit the Salt Lake City area around 8 a.m. today. It was expected to bring 40 mph winds in some areas and snow accumulations of as much as 10 inches in Cache County and other Top of Utah mountain valleys.One to three inches is expected in the lower valleys.

National Weather Service Hydrologist Brian McInerney said drivers should be wary of reduced visibility, especially in mountain passes such as Sardine Canyon and Parleys Canyon.

The Utah Avalanche Center said today’s storm would increase the chance of avalanche, and raised its danger indicator to an avalanche watch.

It said the storm “has strong winds and snow with it that could overload buried weak layers of snow and produce dangerous avalanches.Be sure to check avalanche advisories on Saturday and Sunday mornings before heading into the back country.”

The latest avalanche information can be found at or by calling the avalanche center hot line at (888) 999-4019.

Friday’s storm caused a messy morning commute in the Top of Utah with several accidents, but nothing serious,” according to police dispatchers.

Emergency personnel in Weber and Morgan counties responded to several different weather- related accidents early Friday, with none of the accidents resulting in serious injury.

“We have had some minor (accidents). It hasn’t been crazy, crazy,” Ogden Police Duty Lt. Will Cragun said.

The driving conditions were similar in Davis County.

“We have had some accidents, but it hasn’t been real bad,” a Davis County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher reported.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the accidents.

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