News short: Monday road conditions

Snow in St. George, Utah, Dec. 8, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Errin Andrus

SOUTHERN UTAH – While the snowstorm may be over, commuters still face a challenge on the roads due to icy conditions.

In general, while major roadways have been plowed, residential neighborhoods will likely still be slick due to remaining patches of ice and snow yet to be cleared. Ice may also be present on bridges and under overpasses, as well as in parking lots.

During winter driving conditions, it is advised to take the Utah Department of Transportation’s motto to heart: Ice and snow, take it slow.

Interstate 15 and state routes

According to its website, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. the Utah Department of Transportation has issued a moderate warning for I-15 between St. George and Cedar City, as well as SR-14 and SR-18 for blowing snow. Otherwise the roads are plowed and clear, though general condition is still advised for motorists.

SR-9 is also plowed and cleared, UDOT Roadway Operations Manager Todd Abbott said. The Southern Parkway has also been largely cleared, though snow packs may still be here and there, he said.

SR-59 has snow packs in parts and is also being tended to.

I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge has been plowed and cleared, though winter driving conditions are in affect. Ice is being reported around the Cedar Pockets area. Ice may also persist in shaded areas of the gorge. Caution is advised.

St. George  area

St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said the city’s major roadways have largely been cleared, though patches of ice may be about. However, side streets and residential areas remain an issue due to remaining snow and ice.

“Side and residential roads are still very slick,” Despain said.

Drivers are encouraged to take care while on the road.

Hurricane

Some roads in residential areas are still thick with ice, according to a Tweet from the City of Hurricane. The city asks drivers to: “Take extra time and drive carefully.”

Zion National Park

From Twitter: “The Kolob Canyons Road is open. The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is snow-covered and icy. Please use caution while driving on all park.”

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Snow in St. George, Utah, Dec. 8, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Errin Andrus
Snow in St. George, Utah, Dec. 8, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Errin Andrus

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2 Comments

  • Christine Shumate December 9, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Nobody is being careful out there. i was trying to drive slow, especially on those patches of ice, and people were just racing around me to get by, As much as it made me feel stupid, though, I kept to my guns and didn’t go too fast. It just amazed me that people weren’t slowing down at all 🙁

    • My Evil Twin December 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Good for you, Christine! You and I may well be the only drivers out there that are not total blooming idiots! We can’t control what other people do, all we can do is to drive defensively and try to protect ourselves from them.

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