UDOT salts the roads as southern Utah braces for a storm

Southern Utah

SOUTHERN UTAH (ABC4 News)- There’s a storm blowing and southern Utah is not being spared.

The Utah Department of Transportation Cedar City depot is gearing up and getting ready, but things are a little different further south.

“The solution that we use down here, the salt is a little different. Because we have suppliers down here,” UDOT Region 4 spokesman Kevin Kitchen said.

Kitchen said they get the salt from Redmond Salt Mines in Sanpete County. “Probably about 95-percent of the salt solution actually is red salt,” he added.

Kitchen said drivers are often surprised by the dramatic change in altitude down south that can complicate winter driving. 

“[We have] a lot of folks going from low elevation to high elevation,” he said. “That surprises some drivers. Sometimes it causes problems on the passes as those things ice up or as semis jackknife.”

Kitchen said it may be the first big storm of the season but the trucks roll all year long.

UDOT says they expect a moderate storm, but urge drivers to watch those mountain passes.

As always you can check Utah’s Most Accurate forecast on ABC4.com/weather.

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