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Heavy, wet snow covers already frozen roadways making travel difficult

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Traffic on most interstates along the Wasatch front Sunday afternoon looked more like parking lots than highways. Cars stopped along the I-80 215 interchange because they either slid off or didn't have enough traction to drive any further.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Traffic on most interstates along the Wasatch front Sunday afternoon looked more like parking lots than highways. Cars stopped along the I-80 215 interchange because they either slid off or didn't have enough traction to drive any further.

Josh Perkins was up in Cottonwood Canyon Sunday afternoon. He said, "It's nuts we saw people sliding everywhere it's crazy."

Tony Tergekian was driving and said. "A lot of slipping today. It's pretty crazy especially with the fog, you'll never see if another car is swerving at you."

There were even some drivers who didn't make it out of the driveway. Conner Gempeler tried about everything to get his neighbor out of a snow bank in front of her house, but nothing seemed to work.

Gempeler said, "'Looks like she's backed into a snow bank try and, I don't know, you can't really pull her up the hill cause the snow bank's behind her can't go back into it so…”

UDOT snow plows will be out through the night and they expect to get a handle on the snow before the Monday morning commute, but it's not the snow drivers will have to worry about.

UDOT spokesperson John Gleason said, "A lot of times the conditions can be a little deceiving. People don't expect the ice, they expect the snow and so when the roads are plowed they anticipate that they'll be able to get where they're going without any problems."

So drivers are being asked to slow down because when it comes to black ice you're not going to know you hit it until it's too late.

"We're asking everyone if they can please anticipate that it's going to take a little bit longer to get where they're going tomorrow maybe leave a few minutes early to work and be safe,” said Gleason.
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