Winter storm prompts warning to stay off roads

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ST. GEORGE — Officials are urging Southern Utah drivers to stay off the road if at all possible Sunday night due to whiteout conditions resulting from a winter storm.

Whiteout conditions in Iron County, Utah, Feb. 10, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Police Department, St. George News

“With the blowing snow and freezing temperatures we ask you remain home tonight,” Iron County Sheriff’s Office said in an advisory Sunday night. “Also this is a reminder to make sure you are prepared to stay in your vehicle if you become stranded.”

Cedar City Police urge drivers who are already on the road to “please be very cautious, drive for the conditions, and be prepared.”

An electronic message sign at milepost 14 on Interstate 15 in Washington County warns of winter driving conditions on the freeway.

The storm is part of a cold front that is sweeping through Utah Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, hazardous conditions will continue overnight into Monday morning.

Read more: Cold front expected to bring snow, high winds to mountain roads near Cedar City

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, road closures are also in place in parts of Iron County, including state Route 143 in both directions between milepost 18, South of Brian Head, and milepost 28 near Mammoth Springs.

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