Top of Utah slide-offs sure as the driven snow

Dec 27 2012 - 12:45pm

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Cars make their way on a slick and snowy Harrison Boulevard in Ogden on Wednesday. (KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner)
Erik Mendoza does his best to ride a scooter through the snow Wednesday in Ogden. The northeast bench of Ogden reported 5 inches of snow Wednesday. Farmington reported 4 inches, and Bountiful reported 3 inches. (KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner)
Cars make their way on a slick and snowy Harrison Boulevard in Ogden on Wednesday. (KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner)
Erik Mendoza does his best to ride a scooter through the snow Wednesday in Ogden. The northeast bench of Ogden reported 5 inches of snow Wednesday. Farmington reported 4 inches, and Bountiful reported 3 inches. (KERA WILLIAMS/Standard-Examiner)

Dispatchers along the Wasatch Front kept busy Wednesday as a snowstorm hit just in time for the commute.

Weber County dispatchers reported they had at least a dozen fender-benders or vehicles sliding off the road during the morning commute, with most of the accidents occurring on the auxiliary streets.

Dispatchers said there were a few more accidents as the day progressed, but no one was seriously injured.

Box Elder dispatchers said the roads were "very slick and very bad," but no injuries were reported.

Davis County dispatchers also said the morning commute was not too bad, but as the day progressed, there were a few more cars off the road.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Johnson said troopers responded Wednesday morning to nine accidents on Interstate 15 in Weber County, 16 accidents in Davis County, 23 accidents in Salt Lake County and 26 accidents in Utah County.

Mike Seaman, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said the storm, which started Tuesday night, will continue dumping snow along the Wasatch Front until early Friday morning.

"It's going to be drawn out and add a few more inches before it is done."

On Friday morning, the storm should move out and the weather will clear up for the weekend, he said.

The valley will have accumulated 3 to 7 inches of snow, while the bench areas along the Wasatch Front will have seen about a foot, he said.

The ski resorts will get 1 to 2 feet of fresh powder.

The highs will hover around 32 degrees, and the temperatures will drop into the low 20s overnight.

"At times, we will see snow on the roadways, so drivers should use caution and leave a little extra time to get to their destinations," Seaman said.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clearfield, South Ogden and the northeast bench of Ogden reported 5 inches of snow.

Farmington reported 4 inches of snow, and Bountiful reported 3 inches. Other areas had not called in reports. There were no major updates by 10:30 p.m.

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