Fog, slick roads join morning commute Thursday

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) The start of a winter storm made its way through northern Utah Thursday morning. It’s expected to bring snow to the mountains and valley floor this weekend. 

Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to least four crashes up Parley’s Canyon during the morning commute. 

A white SUV rolled several times, coming to a stop on the roof of the vehicle. Another truck hit a concrete barrier and then smashed against another car. 

UHP Cpl. Stanton Tucker blamed speed for the cause, adding everyone made it out okay.

“Had they not been wearing their seat belts this could be a totally different story. The damage to all the vehicles is pretty significant in this crash,” said Cpl. Tucker. 

At the same time, heavy fog rolled into Salt Lake and Davis Counties. Visibility got down to a quarter mile or less in some areas.  All this was a precursor to an even bigger storm headed to northern Utah.

“The southern Utah mountains are getting dumped on right now and that’s going to push up north here,” UDOT Spokesperson John Gleason said. 

UDOT crews scattered a salt solution to melt the slick roads through the commute hours. They’ve been out for days already in the mountain passes and will continue through the weekend. 

“Those crews are all going to be really busy but tomorrow evening, It could really affect all of us out on the road,” Gleason said. 

UHP urges drivers to drive safely, have proper winter tires, leave early, and wear seat belts.  

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