Snow and strong winds complicate morning commute

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PARLEYS CANYON, Utah (ABC4 News) An overnight winter storm brought high winds and icy roads to the early morning commute Monday. 

The storm hit northern Utah valleys and mountain passes. Semi drivers were required to chain up before heading up Parleys and Provo Canyons. 

“It’s like a skating rink out here,” Moore Ferguson said. 

Across the Wasatch Front, nearly two-dozen crashes were reported by UDOT before 8 a.m. 

“When I’m chained up, my main concern is other cars and what they’re doing,” Skyler Holdaway said before driving up Parleys Canyon. 

UDOT crews got an early start, plowing and throwing salt.

Heading home to Kansas City, Missouri in an 18 wheeler, Ferguson worries most about wind gusts topping 55 miles an hour.

“If the wind gets up underneath the trailer, it can tip you on over, it can blow you sidewards or jackknife. It’s very dangerous,” Ferguson said. 

 For the rest of the day, the wind will slow down but may cause blowing snow and limited visibility.

As of 1 p.m troopers responded to 56 crashes statewide.

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