(ABC4) – The Utah Department of Transportation has issued an urgent travel advisory for Wednesday, advising those who need to commute to delay travel until later in the day.
According to UDOT, this winter storm will have the greatest impacts on Salt Lake, Tooele, southern Davis, and northern Utah counties. UDOT says that most snow is expected to fall between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Because of this, UDOT is asking motorists to remain off the roads until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Cottonwood Canyons are expected to receive 20-25 inches of snow.
“With this much snow expected, we’ve got to put safety first,” said John Gleason, UDOT spokesman. “If drivers can stay off the roads tomorrow morning, they can avoid the worst of the weather, and give our crews a chance to remove the snow from the highways.”
“Our plows are going to be out there. They’re going to be working hard to stay on top of it, but the intensity in which this storm is coming in there’s going to be times where it’s going to be hard for plows to keep the roads clear,” Gleason added.
A Winter Storm Warning was issued for the Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys on Tuesday afternoon that will remain in effect until 11 a.m. Wednesday. The warning includes the Wasatch Mountains south of Interstate 80, but new today, the Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys. Heavy snow is expected and will intensify tonight through the early morning hours.
Expected snow in the areas under the warning will range from half a foot to a foot, with the east benches seeing the possibility of higher amounts.
An earlier version of this story contained incorrection information about when the most snow is expected to fall. The actual time is 10 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday.