LOGAN — Sardine Canyon, US-89/91 was closed temporarily Tuesday morning for southbound traffic, after a mixture of snow and rain caused multiple slide-offs.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said traffic was blocked after several vehicles and semi-trucks got stuck going up the “big curve.”
“It was a heavy, wet, slushy snow that was turning to ice underneath. It was just slick,” explained Brenchley.
“You know we have the 4X4, chain restriction for a reason. People were going up there and just weren’t making it, spinning out and then they’re blocking traffic. That’s what we had on the southbound side, and traffic wasn’t able to move. So we stopped traffic and closed the canyon.”
The closure lasted about 35-minutes and gave troopers time to remove the vehicles, so snow plow drivers could clear the roads.
Brenchley said troopers cited drivers who didn’t have descent tires or chains on their vehicles.
“I’ve been doing this job for over ten-years, and I still see people with tires that wouldn’t pass inspection period. Let alone, should they be driving in winter conditions.”
The rain, warmer temperatures and melting snow is also causing areas of standing water along SR-23, between Wellsville and Cache Junction.
Brenchley said even though the road is open, drivers need to slow down.
“The drainage system is just not able to keep up with this much water and also the rain. The road is open but there are signs up, to warn motorists of the standing water and flooding areas. We ask people to take alternate routes if possible and if they do go through, they need to be very careful. You only need a couple inches of water to hydroplane a full-size car.”
Standing water has also been reported near Dry Lake in Sardine Canyon.
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