The season’s first snowstorm creates slick driving conditions

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NORTHERN UTAH (ABC4 News)- Snow made for a tricky commute Tuesday morning. 

At times drivers on I-80 eastbound were in near white-out conditions. 

Crews worked overnight to keep up with all the fresh snowfall. 

“We’ve had snow since about 9 p.m. last night” 

One sign of the first snowstorm is the first crash involving a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper.

An accident is exactly what truck driver Margaret Wright is trying to avoid.  

“Slow down and give us time to stop,” Wright said.

Although UHP says chains aren’t mandatory up I-80, Wright is choosing to wait the storm out because conditions are worse about 60 miles east in Evanston Wyoming where parts of I-80 are closed.

“The traffic is going to be backed up,” Wright said “Until we can get through there is no sense in going”. 

At this hour crews are out treating the roads for drivers like Wright.

“We are hoping that the valley stays wet but we are planning on the benches slushing up,” plow operator Roger Frantz said. 

Wright’s thankful for the help and urges drivers to take it slow.

Related: UDOT reminds drivers to give snowplows their space

“They cut the trucks off and we can’t stop as quickly as they can,” Wright said. 

A reminder large trucks and snow plow crews need extra space out on the roads.

For Utah’s most accurate forecast head to abc4.com/weather.

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