Snowstorm coats northern Utah roads on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2020 GMT

It was a white New Year’s Day in Utah as snow blanketed much of the state, creating slick roadways on the first day of the new decade.

The storm began early Wednesday morning in northern Utah, quickly coating the roads with light but steady snowfall from the Idaho state line south to Provo, the National Weather Service reported.

The storm was expected to continue throughout the day, dropping up to six inches (15 centimeters) in the lower valleys by Wednesday night. More accumulation was predicted for higher elevations, with some mountains expected to get 20 inches (50 centimeters) or more.

Snow on the roads caused a number of slide-off crashes in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, fire officials said. Four-wheel drive or tire chains are required to drive up to ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, KUTV reported.

The system is expected to move into central and southern Utah by the afternoon, though little accumulation is expected in the southernmost parts of the state.