SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) A winter storm bringing heavy snowfall hit during the second half of the morning commute Wednesday.
The cold front brought widespread snowfall across the northern and central valley/mountain areas of the state. The first impacts were in areas towards Tremonton and Cache Valley.
During the morning hours, the snow pushed to the southeast affecting the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back. The storm is expected to continue down the I-15 corridor from Spanish Fork to Beaver.
The delayed snow was good for early bird commuters but caused significant problems starting around 8:30 a.m. Traffic snarled on interstates and side roads. Troopers say they responded to an estimated 98 crashes and slide-offs in Salt Lake and Utah counties from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cold front brought the first major snowstorm to hit a commute so far this season.
UDOT Spokesperson John Gleason said there was a silver lining to the storm. It didn’t start with rain first that washes away pre-snow solutions on the roads.
“It was a cold front that delivered snow right away and with that in mind, the pre-treatments that we put out on the road are really going to help.”
UDOT plows and trucks continued through the noon hour removing snow and putting down salt and sand.