Troopers urge caution on slick roads

With a wet winter storm hitting Northern Utah Wednesday night and more storms projected over the next few days, Utah Highway Patrol officials are urging caution on the roadways. Southbound lanes of Sardine Canyon were shut down Wednesday afternoon for about an hour because of multiple slide offs, low visibility and slick driving conditions. Northbound traffic was restricted to one lane near Sherwood Hills Thursday morning because of an accident. “What we’re hoping to ask motorists…is, if possible, to limit your driving on the highways this weekend,” says UHP Sgt. Rick Mayo. “With these storms, the fewer drivers we have on the roads the more probability of safety we’re going to have.” Sgt. Mayo is not only concerned about drivers’ safety, but he is also concerned about the safety of his fellow officers. “As you’ve seen in the news in the last couple of years, particularly last winter, there were quite a few troopers and officers that were hit while they were on traffic accidents assisting others,” Sgt. Mayo continues. “So we’re just going to ask if folks can slow down as they approach an accident scene, give lots of space for emergency workers to make sure that they’re safe so they can go home to their families.” While a storm was supposed to dump 4-8″ of snow Wednesday night through Thursday, the temperatures never dropped below freezing and the weather brought rain instead of snow. The rain caused flooding problems in portions of the south end of Cache Valley. A series of more winter storms are projected for the area over the next several days.

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