Winter storm update: UDOT restricts semis from SR-14; road advisories

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On-ramp to northbound Interstate 15 at milepost 42, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2015 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News
On-ramp to northbound Interstate 15 at milepost 42, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2015 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH — Snow is falling in Southern Utah, roads are wet and slick and visibility is poor in some areas, including Iron County. Motorist caution is advised, with Utah Department of Transportation issuing an emergency alert and travel alerts due to hazardous road conditions Sunday.

The National Weather Service has also issued warning, upgrading its earlier “Winter Storm Watch” to a “Winter Storm Warning” for heavy snow in the central and southern mountain regions of Utah, in effect until  8 a.m. Tuesday.

Affected areas 

Dots denote affected areas as of 8 a.m. Feb. 22, 2015 | Map courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on map to enlarge
Dots denote affected areas as of 8 a.m. Feb. 22, 2015 | Map courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on map to enlarge

Washington, Kane, Iron, Garfield and Beaver counties are subject to the weather service warning, including the cities of Fish Lake, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Panguitch, Loa, and Bryce Canyon.

Snow accumulations

Snow is expected to accumulate between 1-2 feet within the affected areas. Higher amounts of snow are possible on eastern and southern facing slopes.

Travel advisories and road conditions

According to UDOT, all semi trucks are prohibited on state Route 14 due to hazardous winter road conditions. The restriction is expected to remain in place through the current winter storm over the area.

Travel weather highlights map, Utah, as of 1: 00 a.m., Feb. 22, 2015 | Map courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation, St, George News
Travel weather highlights map, Utah, as of 1: 00 a.m., Feb. 22, 2015 | Map courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation, St, George News

Periods of slush and snow accumulations along Interstate 15 between Leeds and Nephi are expected through 9 a.m Tuesday. Snow could become especially heavy at times on Sunday night between Scipio and Black Ridge.

Snow is also expected to be quite heavy along Interstate 70 between Sevier and Salina, Ivie Creek Summit, and between Fremont Junction and the Colorado border. Slush on the roads is also to be expected.

Driving conditions in the affected areas may become hazardous, so drivers are encouraged to keep a survival kit in their vehicles in case an emergency should arise.

Resources

  • For route-specific information on Utah’s roads and highways click here
Winter snow, 300 West and 400 South, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 22, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
Winter snow, 300 West and 400 South, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 22, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

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