Winter storm forces closures and delays in Utah

UDOT is urging drivers to stay off the roads.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A skier in Liberty Park as a winter storm continues to drop snow in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

A winter storm continues to drop snow on Salt Lake, Utah and Davis Counties on Wednesday morning, closing or delaying some schools, postponing some COVID-19 vaccinations and snarling traffic.

The Utah Department of Transportation is asking to stay off the roads until 10 a.m., if at all possible, as the storm’s intensity recedes. The Utah Highway Patrol reported more than three dozen accidents before 8 a.m.

School closings

The following schools will be closed on Wednesday.

• American Academy of Innovation

• American Heritage of South Jordan

• Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

• Intermountain Christian School

• Juan Diego Catholic High School

• St. Francis Xavier School

• Waterford School

Schools — remote learning

• The following schools will switch to remote learning on Wednesday.

• Canyons School District

• Layton Christian Academy — Grades 7-12. (School will be open for grades K-6.)

• Murray School District, which will open remotely after a two-hour delay

Schools — delayed start

• Dugway School will start at 10 a.m. (All other Tooele School District schools are open as usual)

• Hawthorn Academy will start at 10 a.m.

• Judge Memorial High School will start at 10:30 a.m.

• Salt Lake Community College will open at noon. (Earlier classes are canceled.)

• Summit Academy/Summit High School will start at 10 a.m.

• University of Utah will start at 11 a.m. (Earlier classes are canceled.)

• Westminster College will start at noon. (Earlier classes may go online; faculty will contact students.)

COVID-19 vaccines and testing

• Salt Lake County will be closed to COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday. All appointments scheduled for Wednesday will be moved to Sunday at the same appointment times. If you cannot make it to get a vaccination on Sunday, call the Salt Lake County Health Department to reschedule — 385-468-7468.

• Rapid antigen testing locations in Clearfield (5-C Freeport West) and West Valley City (Maverik Center) will be closed on Wednesday.

• Two other rapid antigen testing sites will delay their openings — the location in Salt Lake City (Cannon Health Building, 288 N. 460 West) will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; the location in Richfield (Central Utah Public Health Department, 70 Westview Drive) will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


• SR-210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed.

• Eastbound vehicles on Interstate 80 through Parley’s Canyon must have four-wheel drive or tire chains.

• Chains or four-wheel drive are required for all vehicles on US 89/91 through Sardine Canyon.


• Riders should expect delays on bus routes and TRAX.


• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offices in Salt Lake City will open at 11 a.m.

• Midvale City Hall offices will open at noon.

• Holladay City Hall offices will open at 11 a.m.


A winter storm warning remains in effect through 5 p.m. Wednesday in Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.

According to the National Weather Service, there could be an additional 2-4 inches of snow on the valley floors, and 3-6 inches on the benches on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to taper off and move out of the area on Wednesday afternoon.

Avalanche warning

A Utah Avalanche Center warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday. The danger is “extreme to high” in backcountry areas, including the Wasatch Front, the Bear River Range, the Uinta Mountains, the Manti Skyline Plateaus, the Fish Lake region, Pahvants, Tushars and Cedar City area mountains.