WELLSVILLE – Wet, heavy snow made driving difficult through Northern Utah’s canyons. Specifically, US-89/91 Sardine Canyon that was closed for several hours due to multiple slide offs and accidents.
During the closure, motorists were detoured onto Valley View Highway, SR-30.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said Monday’s storm was one of the worst he has seen in the canyon. He and other troopers spent the morning commute clearing crashes, including two multi-car pileups.
Troopers reopened Sardine Canyon just after 11 a.m. but limited travel to vehicles with four-wheel drive, snow tires or chains.
Logan City Police dispatch operators fielded calls of slide offs and crashes throughout the valley. They asked motorists to stay indoors and off the roads if possible, advising them to drive slow and safe if they did need to travel.
Deputies and paramedics responded to a two-vehicle accident near Pepperidge Farm in Richmond, where a car slid under a semi-trailer. The driver, an 18-year-old woman, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with neck pain and glass in her eye.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the area, forecasting one-to-four-inches of snow. The advisory remains in effect through 4 p.m. Tuesday.