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Monday, November 27, 2006

Major Storm Thrills Skiers, May Snarl Traffic

A large storm now over Utah is expected to dump heavy snow in mountain areas, including our ski resorts. Northern Utah valleys will see rain changing to snow tonight. Snow is expected off and on through Wednesday.

The storm is good news for skiers and snowboarders because it will dramatically improve conditions at the resorts.

Snow accumulations in the valleys will cause some traffic headaches. A rash of automobile accidents often accompanies the first significant valley snowfall, as drivers get use to slick conditions. Rush hour traffic may be slow Tuesday and Wednesday along the I-15 corridor from Provo north through Salt Lake City and into the Ogden area.

This storm is large enough that it may cause problems on major interstate highways in mountain areas. I-80 may become treacherous over Parleys Summit, between Salt Lake City and Park City, and around Evanstan WY. Conditions may be difficult over any of our mountain passes and canyon areas.

Seasonal backcountry roads will now be impassible to automobiles until late next spring. That includes the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (Hwy 150) through the Uintas, Hwy 39 over Monte Cristo, and other similar roads.

Hwys 150 and 39 will become popular snowmobile routes later in the season, when Utah State Parks begins grooming them. Timing will depend on snow conditions; snowmobiling is usually good in these areas by Christmas.

We have weather reports for all areas in Utah.

See Utah's Winter Road Conditions report for details about routes you may want to travel.

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