Minor slide-offs, accidents on I-15, heavy snowfall in the Gorge

Interstate 15 northbound mile post 1.17, St. George, Utah, 2:09 p.m. Dec. 7, 2013 | Image courtesy of UDOT traffic cams, St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH – As heavy snow falls in Southern Utah Saturday, Utah Highway Patrol told St. George News at 1:39 p.m. that there are no major incidents in the region on Interstate 15 yet. But travel is treacherous and UHP troopers are busy responding to minor incidents.

There was a simple slide-off at mile post 31 on Interstate 15 in Utah, UHP Trooper Lawrence Hopper said, and other slide-offs and minor accidents with slight property damage but no injuries reported.

“It’s snowing really bad in the Gorge,” Hopper said of the section of I-15 on the Arizona Strip. As yet, no major incidents reported there either, he said.

Depending on where the storm resting in the Gorge goes, it could get worse, Hopper said.

Shortly after noon, a van veered off the road on state Route 18, injuries reported. See St. George News report publishing separately on SR-18 incidents.

Currently from Utah Department of Transportation, the following general road alerts are included for central and southern Utah:

For Central/Southern Utah

  • Road snow will impact I-15 from Spanish Fork though the I-70 junction through noon Sunday.
  • Road snow will impact I-15 from the I-70 junction to Cedar City through noon Sunday.
  • Road snow/slush will impact routes in St. George between 9 A.M. and 11 P.M. Saturday.  Motorists should watch for patchy road ice, particularly on bridges, Saturday night and Sunday morning.
  • Road snow will impact Highway 191 between I-70 and Bluff from 11 A.M. Saturday through noon Sunday.
  • Blowing snow will impact US-6SR-21, and SR-56 late Friday night through Saturday morning.

For detailed conditions on specific roads and highways statewide – Visit  UDOT’s Road Weather Alerts and scroll to the lower section of the Alert page.

This winter storm includes a mixture of heavy snow and gusty winds. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Use extreme caution. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Getting stuck in the snow can have dire consequences. St. George News has prepared the following list for your convenience to print out, keep in your vehicles and get your survival kit assembled:

 Click here: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather.

For more winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation:

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Interstate 15 northbound mile post 1.17, St. George, Utah, 2:09 p.m. Dec. 7, 2013 | Image courtesy of UDOT traffic cams, St. George News
Interstate 15 northbound mile post 1.17, St. George, Utah, 2:09 p.m. Dec. 7, 2013 | Image courtesy of UDOT traffic cams, St. George News

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  • vanessa December 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    It would MUCH more helpful to motorist driving on the road if the conditions and accidents were not reported using mile markers!! I dont know about the rest of the general public, but have know idea where mile marker 10 or 17 is or if its even part of my route! Drives me crazy!

    • UNBELIEVABLE December 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      You, Vanessa, are what’s wrong with the world. Have some situational awareness.

  • Ron December 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Vanessa, I beg to differ. Mile markers are based on distance from the Utah-AZ border. Knowing the mile marker makes it very easy to figure out just where an accident occurred or where a stretch of highway is particularly bad.

  • Dan Lester December 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Yes, mile markers are the same as the exit numbers. 10 is Washington, 8 is Boulevard, 6 is Bluff, etc. I live just off of 2.

  • Preston December 8, 2013 at 2:01 am

    People just need to learn how to freakin drive in rain and snow. Nobody knows how to drive slow in bad weather. They’re freakin stupid. Truck drivers are the worse. They all act like they own the road. Too many accidents from these stupid Ass lame drivers who act like they know how to drive in the snow.

  • Alli December 8, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Anyone know of any other incidents in the last 6 hrs? My brother in law was driving from Vegas to utah and we haven’t heard from him

  • gamelord December 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I15 closed through the gorge in AZ for many hours now since last night. Said to reopen maybe later today. Freeway is shut down. Tons of big rigs parked on side in mesquite

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