Snow, slush and rain making for slippery Utah travel
Steady rain in the valleys and mountain snow, in places heavy, prompted issuance of several travel warnings Tuesday afternoon.
The Utah Department of Transportation warned that Wasatch Front valley routes were wet and slick as a series of rain showers moved over the region. Meanwhile, some mountain passes were snow-clogged, making travel treacherous.
Interstate 80's Parleys Summit, and stretching eastward to the Wyoming border, was snowpacked in the higher elevations and slushy on the plains.
By late Tuesday afternoon into the evening, however, precipitation was expected to ease.
Snow and later slushy travel also was the rule for such highways as 224, 248 and 32 in Summit County, and the same was true for U.S. 89 over Logan Summit.
UDOT also issued cautions for motorists navigating Big and Little Cottonwood canyons as well as Highway 40 over Daniels Summit, Highway 158 heading to Powder Mountain, Highway 39 to the Monte Cristo Gate and Highway 30 over Laketown Summit well into Tuesday evening.
In central Utah's mountains, lighter amounts of rain and slush were reported along Highway 31 east of Fairview and Highway 264's summit, between SR-96 and SR-31.
Southern Utah's Highway 153 east of Beaver, Highway 24 west of Loa and Highway 72 north of Loa also were bracing for periodic rain and snow.