Wet winter storm causes crashes and power outages in Salt Lake area

Thousands of people are without electricity on Sunday morning.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Snow falls in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Heavy, wet snow brought down trees and power lines Sunday morning, while the Cottonwood Canyons saw heavy ski traffic.

The bulk of the storm hit northern Utah, with Rocky Mountain Power reporting about 10,000 outages in the Salt Lake Valley as of 9 a.m. That number had fallen to around 6,550 outages by midday. Those experiencing power outages can visit the Rocky Mountain Power website or text 759677.

Much of the snow fell in the Wasatch Mountains and Banks, with 12 inches falling in Brighton and 10 inches landing in Park City, according to the National Weather Service. Between 3 and 10 inches fell throughout Salt Lake City. Bountiful saw up to 8 inches, West Jordan saw 9 inches and Sandy saw 1 inch.

In Utah County, Provo Canyon saw 5 inches pile up and 3 inches fell at Saratoga Springs, but most points south saw snowfall of 2 inches or less.

Salt Lake City police have urged residents to postpone travel due to “numerous” downed cables and weather-related hazards.

The US Department of Transportation has also urged commuters to reconsider their travel plans. But after an unusually dry winter, skiers and snowboarders were apparently undeterred by the slippery conditions.

UDOT reported heavy traffic and muddy roads in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, with traffic jams also present along Wasatch Boulevard. Unified Police and UDOT began diverting uphill traffic to Little Cottonwood Canyon around 10 a.m. due to congestion, although those with Alta parking reservations were permitted.

Public safety officials reported numerous crashes as the snow continued to pile in, including a head-on collision near 420 S. Redwood Road. Paramedics transported two people to hospital. The Utah Highway Patrol reported its troopers handled 100 crashes statewide as of 11:30 a.m. and urged drivers to slow down.

The National Weather Service predicted snowfall until 11 a.m. Sunday for the area around the Salt Lake City airport, and a stable temperature of around 23 degrees. There is a 20% chance of snow overnight, and no snow is forecast for Monday. Tuesday could bring between 1 and 3 inches.

Brigham City will see a high of 37 degrees today. Monday will be sunny with a high of nearly 36 degrees. Tuesday brings a 60% chance of snow, especially after 11 a.m., with a possible accumulation of about an inch.

In southern Utah, St. George will remain mostly sunny and dry throughout the week. The Sunday high will be 53 degrees and the Monday high will be 51 degrees.

Moab will see some cloud cover on Monday, but will remain mostly clear and sunny through Tuesday. Wednesday brings a 30% chance of snow showers. The Sunday high will be 48 degrees and the Monday high will be 42 degrees.

– This story will be updated.

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