UPDATE: Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed into Thursday, Alta interlodge continues

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WEDNESDAY 2/17/2021 2:26 p.m.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC4) – Little Cottonwood Canyon will remain closed for another night as heavy snow blankets the area.

The Utah Department of Transportation closed S.R. 210 Monday night to allow for avalanche mitigation. Two days later, UDOT says “#SR210 will not open today (2/17).”

In a Wednesday afternoon tweet, UDOT adds, “We will continue to update as information becomes available. Thank you for your patience & understanding.”

Photos shared by UDOT show crews observing two vehicles caught in the snow. UDOT’s John Gleason says two members of the Cottonwood Canyons team were staged in Little Cottonwood Canyon to assist with avalanche control on Wednesday.

“As they prepared to exit the UDOT utility truck for the snowcat, both vehicles were hit by a natural slide,” Gleason says. “We are grateful both team members are safe.”

The photos below show the vehicles stuck in the snow, as well as the impression left in the snow by a vehicle.

Alta will remain under interlodge until at least Thursday morning because of the S.R. 210 closure, according to a 2:22 p.m. tweet.

For continuing coverage regarding this closure, stick with ABC4 on air and online.

Max Security Interlodge lifted at Alta, Little Cottonwood remains closed

WEDNESDAY 2/17/2021 1:07 p.m.

ALTA, Utah (ABC4) – The Max Security Interlodge in Alta has been lifted, but the area remains under a less-severe interlodge state.

A Wednesday tweet from Alta at around 11:20 a.m. says there should be “no shoveling requests yet.”

S.R. 210 remains closed, keeping Little Cottonwood Canyon closed for the timebeing.

S.R. 190 for Big Cottonwood Canyon is opening, but the Utah Department of Transportation says roads are “running wet [with] areas of slush through canyon, mostly in downhill lane.”

Original Story: Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed Wednesday, Alta under Max Security Interlodge

WEDNESDAY 2/17/2021 6:42 a.m.

UTAH (ABC4) – Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed Wednesday morning as avalanche control continues.

The Utah Department of Transportation announced early Wednesday morning that, as snow continues to fall across the Wasatch Front, S.R. 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon “is still CLOSED to all travel in both directions due to avalanche activity overnight. Control work ongoing & high snowfall rates. Road crews staged where safe.”

UDOT continues in the tweet, saying traffic is closed in both directions until futher notice. There is no estimated reopening time.

Wednesday’s closure of S.R. 210 means some UTA buses are delayed. A 6:42 a.m. tweet from UTA says “Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed to all travel for avalanche control. #Rt953 and #Rt994 will be significantly delayed. No estimated reopening time.”

As of 6:52 a.m., Big Cottonwood Canyon is closed for road safety, according to UTA.

“Expect significant delays on #Rt972 in both directions. Estimated reopening time is 8:00 AM.”

UDOT closed S.R. 210 Monday afternoon to allow for mid-canyon avalanche mitigation. The roadway closed again Monday night for avalanche mitigation.

That closure carried into Tuesday morning as avalanche control work continued.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, UDOT reported that there had been a “large natural avalanche cycle overnight & ongoing.”

The closure also puts Alta under interlodge. A Wednesday morning tweet says the area is now under a Max Security Interlodge. Those in Alta are asked to “go to low levels away from windows, If you have a protocol for your building reply with head count when ready.”

UDOT has asked motorists to remain off the roads until at least 10 a.m. Wednesday morning as snow continues to fall across the Wasatch Front.

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