Heavy rains flood Utah streets, cause dozens of crashes

(Rachel Molenda | The Salt Lake Tribune) A rainy commute heading east on 600 South on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

Thunder claps and torrential rains rolled over the Wasatch Front as the Friday morning commute began, triggering a slew of slideoffs and crashes as water pooled on the regions roadways.

By 9 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol troopers had scrambled to nearly 30 collisions on state roads and interstate freeways. A dozen more accidents were reported in the Salt Lake Valley‘s municipal jurisdictions by public safety dispatchers. No serious injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

The National Weather Service estimated anywhere from a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain — possibly more in isolated locations — fell during the storm’s first two hours. Intermittent showers continued into the late-morning hours, and fresh snow was reported at appropriately named Snowbird Resort.

It was a wet, wild prologue to the clear, sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-60s expected for Saturday in the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys — a degree or two warmer than forecast Friday. Sunday’s highs, under partly cloudy horizons, will be in the mid-70s.

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