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Light snows may continue on Wasatch Front as big storms move away

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Black Friday shoppers cross Main Street in a snow storm, in downtown Salt Lake City, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

Light snow showers and flurries were expected to continue Saturday along the Wasatch Front, the National Weather Service said, as storms that had dumped several inches in recent days continue to drift away to the northeast.

Police were reporting some road accidents, intermittent road closures and traffic delays in pockets across the Salt Lake Valley.

The National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City said conditions in Salt Lake and Tooele counties would remain mostly cloudy, with a 20% chance of snow, with highs around 30 degrees, falling to between 10 and 15 degrees Saturday night.

The outlook was cloudy with highs in the mid-30s for Sunday, the service said.

Heavy snow accumulations of recent days were reportedly over, although isolated snow showers could linger over the central Wasatch Range and the western Uintas, meteorologists said.

Snowbird Ski Resort outside Salt Lake City delayed its opening Saturday morning after it received 16 inches of snow in a 24-hour period and heavy drifts and wind boosted natural avalanche activity. Mountain uphill hiking and related travel at the resort was also prohibited.

The U.S. Forest Service’s Utah Avalanche Center has extended an avalanche warning for the central and southern portions of the Wasatch Mountains, effective until 6 a.m. Sunday. Human-triggered and natural avalanches are likely, the center said, and skiers were encourages to stay away from slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons were off-limits to vehicles without chains or four-wheel drive, the weather service said.

Traffic was being diverted at mid-day Saturday on Interstate 15 near Lehi after an accident in the northbound lane blocked vehicles. Heavy delays were expected and drivers were being told to find alternative routes.

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