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Another 30 slideoffs were reported along I-80 in Tooele County, but none of the crashes involved serious injury. Salt Lake County saw 284 crashes throughout the day Thursday. None of the accidents were serious, Royce said.
Royce said even with those figures, the ice and snow could have been much more of a challenge for drivers and the troopers watching out for them.
"Things didn’t freeze up nearly as bad as they though it would, and people anticipated the storm better. As a result, we’re seeing them driving better and within their abilities given the conditions," Royce added.
In all, Salt Lake Valley law enforcement agencies reported about 70 crashes and slideoffs between about midnight and 1 p.m., public safety dispatchers said.
In Parleys Canyon, eastbound I-80 was initially restricted for semi-trailer rigs to those equipped with tire chains. UHP also restricted travel in both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons to four-wheel drive or chained vehicles.
The National Weather Service reported that 8 inches of snow had fallen in Logan as of 7 p.m. In the Snowbasin mid-bowl station east of Ogden 18 inches fell. Power Mountain reported 17 inches and Alta reported 12 inches; Park City and Solitude saw 8 inches of snow, while the Canyons got 7.
Most schools throughout the region stayed open, though many students arrived late due to buses being delayed. Granite School District did order Robert Frost Elementary School closed for the day, however, when it lost power.
At least the storm systems were clearing the polluted air trapped in Utah’s urban valleys by inversions. Thursday’s grades from the Utah Division of Air Quality were generally in the "yellow" range, or unhealthy for sensitive groups, but by Friday were to improve to "moderate" or "good."
The Utah Avalanche Center began Thursday with only the mountains above the Salt Lake Valley rating a "considerable" risk for potentially deadly snowslides, but afternoon had elevated risk ratings to "high" for the Ogden, Provo and Uintas districts and "considerable" for Logan and Salt Lake.
Temperatures along the Wasatch Front were to range into the low-30s on Friday with snow expected periodically throughout the day, a mirror forecast of that for Thursday. Overnight lows were to be in the low-20s.
Southern Utahns were getting a break from the harsh weather, though. Highs on Friday were to be in the upper-40s to low-50s — the same as Thursday — with overnight lows around 30 degrees. There was a slight chance of evening rain as well.
For more forecast information, visit the Tribune’s weather page at http://www.sltrib.com/weather.
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