After a powerful snowstorm blanketed most of the state Sunday, forecasters expect the skies and the roads to clear up later today.
"The bulk of what we're going to get is going to come tonight," Mike Conger, a National Weather Service forecaster, said Sunday. "I think they'll probably be able to get to the roads by morning."
But you might not want to put away your shovels just yet.
Another 1 to 3 inches could fall on the valley floors before this morning's commute and another, albeit weaker, storm is expected to hit the Wasatch Front late Tuesday, according to the Weather Service.
Southern Utah, where 6 inches of new snow were reported in parts of Kane and Washington counties, should get some relief from the snow this week, Conger said.
Semitrailers jackknifed and cars struggled to stay on the roads, but no major accidents were reported Sunday, as the powerful winter storm brought heavy snowfall to several areas of the state.
The storm hit northern and southeastern regions of the state the hardest, leaving a foot of new snow on the benches in Ogden and causing San Juan School District officials to cancel classes today, emergency dispatchers said.
Sunday's storm started early in parts of the state. Alpine residents woke up to 7 inches and saw 7 more throughout the day. South Jordan was hit with 11 inches and Brigham City had more than 6 inches by 11 a.m.
Residents along the benches in Ogden were left to dig out of a foot of new snow, while less than an inch of snow was reported at the Salt Lake International Airport.
Brighton reported 33 inches, while Snowbasin received 20 inches and Alta reported 19 inches.
Heavy snowfall caused several road closures Sunday.
An avalanche closed U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon at about 9:30 a.m., said Trooper Cameron Roden of the Utah Highway Patrol. The road was still closed through the evening as crews worked to clear the snow. No vehicles were involved in the avalanche.
Other road closures included:
• U.S. 191 near Vernal
• S.R. 92 near Alpine and American Fork Canyon
• U.S. 491 from Monticello into ColoradoU.S. 191 from Monticello into Blanding was closed for part of the day, but reopened Sunday night. With more snow expected in the area through Monday, "we'll see how long that lasts," Roden said.
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