Much of northern Utah got a reprieve from foggy, smoggy conditions following a heavy snowstorm late Monday and early Tuesday - a storm that played a role in several serious accidents that left two commuters dead and several others injured.
Despite the storm, dense fog is expected to return Tuesday evening. And another storm is forecast for Wednesday afternoon and evening. The storm could extend to Thursday morning."Due to the extremely moist air mass, dense fog will again form after sunset. Be careful. Slow down and leave your headlights on, using low beams," said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.
Dense fog, which resulted in several fatal accidents in recent days in the Salt Lake area, enveloped northwestern and west-central Utah valleys Tuesday morning.
Motorists fought snowpacked and slick highways during the Tuesday morning commute.
A 36-year-old Murray woman died after losing control of her van and sliding into the oncoming lane where her vehicle collided with a pickup truck, which was then struck by a third vehicle.
The 7 a.m. accident, on 4100 South at 1950 West, left the pickup truck driver with minor injuries that were treated at the scene, according to Salt Lake County deputy sheriff John Taylor.
The woman was taken to Pioneer Valley Hospital and then flown by helicopter to University Hospital, where she died later in the morning, according to spokesman John Dwan. Her name is being withheld until her husband can be notified.
At press time, the Utah Highway Patrol was still investigating a 7 a.m. two-vehicle accident at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, in which one person died and a 33-year-old Provo man was seriously injured. The person killed had not yet been identified by the Utah Highway Patrol.
Leslie D. Burbidge Jr., a 54-year-old Holladay dentist, was listed in extreme critical condition at University Hospital late Tuesday morning after his car struck a pole on 1300 East at the intersection with 2800 South at about 8 a.m.
Salt Lake Police reported Burbidge's car was traveling too fast for conditions when it slid out of control into a traffic light pole.
In Davis County a large number of cars slid off the road, especially on I-15, police dispatchers said.
One accident on the interstate through the Sunset area involved a semitrailer truck that ran over a car. Police reported no injuries.
"It's getting ugly out there," a Davis County sheriff's dispatcher said.
Numerous minor accidents involving fenderbenders and cars careening into snowbanks were reported all through Davis County, except in Bountiful. Dispatchers there said that as of 9 a.m., no accidents or problems were reported.
"I don't think anyone is out on the street yet," a Bountiful dispatcher reported. "I think they're all stuck in their driveways."
The snowstorm apparently hit hardest in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties, dumping 14 inches in Nordic Valley; 12 inches in Plain City, Weber County, and 12 inches on Ogden's east bench. But Provo received only 2 inches of new snow. Vernal and Tooele each received an inch, and Hollady and Sandy received, 3 and 4 inches, respectively.
A number of areas, including mainly parts of the west side of Murray, east Layton and Fruit Heights, Davis County, were without electrical power early Tuesday.
Murray City power officials said there were a series of weather-related outages in the southeast and southwest sections of that city beginning about 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Alder said it began snowing between 9 to 10 p.m. Monday at Hill Air Force Base and in the Ogden and Cache Valley areas, spreading to the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County about midnight.
Despite the heavy snow in Weber County, a public safety dispatcher in Ogden said that no accidents had been reported as of 6 a.m.
A dispatcher in Price said the snowstorm was just settling into that area by early Tuesday.
In Murray, a city power dispatcher said residents in that area had to endure a couple of weather-related and fairly widespread power outages, mainly on the west side of the city.
Nordic Valley 14 inches
Sardine Canyon 8
Park West 8
South Ogden 8
Salt Lake Airport 3