Troopers respond to 98 crashes Wednesday morning as winter weather hits northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY -- Winter weather contributed to at least 98 crashes in Salt Lake and Utah counties Wednesday morning, and troopers urge motorists to use caution.

Advisories have been issued in several counties for wind and winter weather. 

The Utah Highway Patrol states there were 98 crashes between about 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Utah and Salt Lake counties.

"A little better than last storm, but we can do better folks," the agency stated via Twitter. "Give yourself more following distance, avoid getting in a hurry and ensure your tires have the necessary tread to keep you safe."

Widespread snow showers began Wednesday morning. Most of the snow will remain in northern Utah and miss the southern part of the state, and snowfall could become heavy at times in the afternoon but should taper off in the evening.

Northern Utah's mountains could get 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Areas along the Wasatch Front will receive 1-4 inches of snow with the heavier accumulations occurring in benches and higher mountain valleys.

Cache Valley should see 1 to 3 inches of snow and similar amounts are forecast in Utah's central mountains and in southwest Wyoming, while the Wasatch Plateau could see 2 to 5 inches of snow.

Strong winds are also in the forecast, particularly in north eastern Utah where gusts may reach up to 50 mph.

The storm should also help clear out inversion conditions and improve air quality. Visit AirNow.gov for current air quality information for your area. 

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