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Both the drivers were transported by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.
In eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument closed its quarry and exhibit center early Tuesday afternoon because of heavy snowfall.
UDOT: Be careful out there!
The Utah Department of Transportation has issued a TravelWise Alert for a winter storm expected to dump heavy road snow on Interstate 15 between Payson and Cedar City. Nearly 12 inches of snow is expected in some freeway areas, with the heaviest snowfall likely to occur between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Driving conditions will be difficult and UDOT advises motorists in these areas to limit travel when possible. UDOT is also working closely with the trucking industry to ensure commercial truck drivers are aware of this storm.
Heavy road snow is also expected on US Highway 40 and other routes in the Uintah Basin between Daniels Summit and the Colorado border. The snow will continue into the Basin by noon Tuesday and should end around noon Wednesday.
Travel on US Highway 6 over Soldier Summit will be difficult from 1 a.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
The National Weather Service had issued a Winter Storm Warning through 4 p.m. Wednesday for the southern two-thirds of the state, predicting 8-16 inches of valley and up to 30 inches of mountain snow would fall over an area stretching from Tooele, Park City and Provo south to Nephi, Richfield, Cedar City and St. George and then east to Escalante, Moab and Monticello.
A Winter Weather Advisory was in place into late Wednesday afternoon for the northern third of the state, enfolding Logan, Brigham City, Ogden, Salt Lake City and to the west, Wendover, as well as Duchesne County in northeastern Utah. Totals ranging from 5-10 inches of snow were expected in valley locations and as much as 18 inches in the advisory area’s mountain locales. The Utah Avalanche Center took note of the storms, initially putting the mountains of the entire state at "moderate" risk for potentially deadly snow slides. By Tuesday afternoon, however, the risk was elevated to "considerable."
Along with snow Tuesday came a dramatic dip in temperatures. Along the Wasatch Front, the mercury — in the 50s well into Monday evening — plunged to freezing. Wednesday’s highs were expected to get no warmer than the upper-teens with overnight lows a frigid 9 degrees.
Southern Utah was expected to see most of its snowfall restricted to the mountains, though forecasters warned that an inch or two could dust the valleys, along with cold rain. Highs on Wednesday were to be in the upper 30s with overnight lows in the teens, a 15-20 degree dip from Tuesday’s temperatures.
Reporter Michael McFall contributed to this story.
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