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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hwy 9 In Zion Park Closed Because Of Flooding

Heavy rain in SW Utah has caused flooding that is affecting travel. Hwy 9 in Zion Park has been closed east of the Canyon Junction because flooding caused road damage.

The Virgin River and Santa Clara River are running at flood levels. A bridge over the Santa Clara near Gunlock State Park has been washed out. Roads and homes in that area are threatened.

Snow has been heavy in mountain areas throughout Utah. Major roads are being plowed and are in generally good conditions, but may have snowpack or ice in some areas.

Roads to ski resorts are open but chains or 4-wheel drive is needed to reach most resorts. Solitude has received 50 inches of snow during the past 48 hours.

Avalanche danger is high in backcountry areas. Avalanche control work is done routinely at developed ski resorts. Out-of-bounds areas and backcountry areas are hazardous.

Here are links to help travelers:
- Utah regional weather forecasts
- Utah road conditions
- Utah Avalanche Center

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