Icy conditions after Tuesday's big storm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Wednesday is the day after the beehive states first big storm of the season and it leaves behind messy roads, icy conditions and freezing temperatures.

"My doors were iced shut,” said Gina Wells, a Taylorsville resident on her way to work in Murray.

Wells said she had to warm her car up for 15 minutes before pulling out of the driveway. "The roads are not as bad as they were last night, but they are icy,” said Wells.

Icy roads are what's expected following a big storm, which is why the Utah Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to expect black ice even after its warmed up.

"The shady parts, especially in the canyon in the shady curves you get the expectation that the roads are fine and everything is good and you come around  and hit a shady corner and that is when your going to run into some problems,” said Sgt. Todd Royce, with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Which could have been the case for drivers involved in an early morning crash that had traffic backed up along I-15 near 5000 South in Murray.

UHP says with a break in the storm drivers need to take advantage of the time to get their vehicle in good working condition. "This time, just after a storm we see people breaking down quite a bit, especially with the cold weather radiators freeze stuff like that,” said Sgt Royce.

Now with the bulk of the snowfall behind us for this round of storms drivers are taking it day by day, because it’s only the beginning of more expected snow storms. “It’s slippery; you just have to go slow. You have to go super slow,” said Brian Sorenson a Taylorsville resident.  

UHP also says drivers need to watch their speed and avoid tailgating.


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