OGDEN — After an extended winter, including extremely deep snow levels in the area, officials will open the Monte Cristo Highway to traffic on Thursday.

The Utah Department of Transportation will be opening the road — from milepost 37, near Ant Flat Road east of Hunstville, to milepost 56 west of Woodruff, in Rich County — approximately 30 days later than in previous years.

Officials are cautioning motorists venturing over state Route 39, to prepare for alpine conditions, with off-highway snow depths above the snow line in excess of 25 feet in some locations, according to UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders.

Saunders said the road may occasionally be icy, as well and winter storm conditions may occur at any time in the vicinity of Monte Cristo summit.

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