Utah roads are expected to be much rougher than normal this week with an average temperature of 41 degrees and wind gusts as high as 100 mph.
The Utah Department of Transportation says it expects to see “moderate to heavy snow” across the state by Thursday.
Temperatures will likely drop to near zero by Friday as well, and then continue to drop through the weekend as the snow and cold begin to melt.
As the temperature drops, so does the risk of road congestion.
“If you’re traveling south on I-15, if you’re going east on I/435, and you’re moving south on Interstate 20, you’re probably going to have to deal with some congestion,” said Brian Mabry, spokesman for the Utah Department Of Transportation.
The weather forecast is not expected to change much for the next several days, and will be consistent with what’s been happening throughout the winter.
But Mabrys warning does ring true for Utah drivers.
“As the temperatures drop, you’ll start to see some of the impacts of a warmer day or evening.
You’ll see some higher vehicle speeds, some of those roads are going to get a little bit roughed up,” Mabries said.
The snow is expected to last through the week and into the weekend.
In fact, there are two weekends in January that have an average of nearly 20 inches of snow in the Salt Lake City area alone.
That means the snow will continue to accumulate and create a huge amount of congestion in the city of Utah.
“It’s not the first time in my career that I’ve experienced snow on Interstate 40, and it’s not going to the last,” Mibrys said.
“You can expect that some of these roads that we have to worry about are going up to 25 mph, that’s going up north to 60 mph, and that’s a lot of snow on a regular day.
The snow is going to last.”
The Snowplow has already had its work cut out for it as it’s expected to get stuck on the roads.
“We’re going to try and get out on these roads as quickly as we can,” Moberys said.
“And, if we have some snow that gets stuck, we’re going try to get the plow out on the highways and make it out to the roads, but I think it’s going in the wrong direction.”