The series of heavy storms contributing to flooding in Washington and Kane counties also created heavy snowfall in the higher elevations over Garfield, Beaver, Millard, Sevier, Sanpete, Wayne and Garfield counties.
As snowfall continued Tuesday, a series of jack-knifed semi-trucks over mountain summits combined with multiple slide-offs and accidents to snarl traffic on I-15 today between Scipio and Fillmore. Traffic congestion has taken a few hours to clear in this area.
UDOT forces have been successful in keeping I-15 and I-70 open despite numerous power outages and multiple traveler incidents. UDOT is positioned with generators in strategic locations and adequate fuel resources to continue its maintenance efforts.
Motorists are advised to use caution east of Kanab where run-off from Johnson Canyon has slowed travel on U.S. Highway 89. The Utah Highway Patrol is aiding in traffic control at this location and UDOT continues to monitor this area. Maintenance workers cleared a 50-foot slide that closed U.S. 89 approximately three miles north of Glendale Monday evening but was re-opened within 90 minutes.
Drifting snow and windy conditions continue to hamper efforts at the higher elevations. State Route 12 in Wayne County was closed briefly today near Grover while crews punched through drifting snow. The road is open but travel on this route is not recommended.
At this hour the following roads remain closed in Southern Utah:
● S.R. 9 Mount-Carmel Highway in Zion National Park
● S.R. 14 Cedar City to Long Valley Junction
● S.R. 143 Brian Head to Mammoth Creek
● S.R. 153 Beaver to Circleville
For the latest road closures or emergency road conditions motorists are advised to dial 5-1-1 or visit CommunterLink.com.