Category: Utah

Snowstorm makes for messy Monday morning commute

SALT LAKE CITY – A snowstorm that began Sunday night continues to bring snowfall to parts of Utah Monday morning, creating dangerous driving conditions for the morning commute.

A FOX 13 Traffic Watch graphic shows the locations of many weather-related crashes around the Salt Lake Valley Monday morning.

The Utah Department of Transportation has issued the following emergency road alerts:

Salt Lake County

EB I-80 MP 129, Mouth of Parleys Canyon

Chains or approved traction devices are required for all semi-trucks traveling on Eastbound I-80 through Parleys Canyon. The chain-up area is located on the right at mile post 129.
Salt Lake County

Big & Little Cottonwood Canyons

Chains, 4-wheel drive or approved traction devices are required for all vehicles on SR-190 through Big Cottonwood Canyon and on SR-210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The back country in Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed due to an avalanche warning.

Idaho

I-84 UT/ID State Line

I-84 is currently closed in both directions in Idaho from the Utah & Idaho State line to the I-86 junction due to drifting snow. there is no estimate available on when lanes will reopen. For more information on Idaho road closures go to: https://hb.511.idaho.gov

Wyoming

US-191 UT/WY State line

Updated February 2nd at 11:30 PM closure gate (MP 502) and the UT/WY State Line. Estimated time of reopening unknown at this time.

For more information on Wyoming road closures, please call 1-888-WYO-ROAD (1-888-996-7623) or visit WYOROAD.INFO.

Monday’s snowstorm forces some school closures, delays

SANDY, Utah —   Monday’s snowstorm is forcing cancellations and delays for many schools along the Wasatch Front.

CANCELLATIONS (NO SCHOOL MONDAY)
Alpine School District
Canyons School District
Intermountain Christian School in Cottonwood Heights
Jordan School District (morning  Kindergarten and preschool)
Juab School District
Salt Lake City School District
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Kearns

DELAYS
Ogden  School District (two-hour delay)
Salt Lake Community College delayed until 11 a.m.
Jordan School District  (two-hour delay)

Post Malone: Rocking the 801

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s no secret, Post Malone loves Utah.

You’ve heard about the greatest snow on earth in his songs, you’ve watched his alter ego, “Post Limón,” show a Utah ID in a Doritos commercial, and you’ve even seen the Wasatch Mountains front and center in one of his music videos.

And if you take a look at social media, it’s safe to say Utah loves him too. He’s spotted all over city streets, signing walls at local restaurants, posing for photos at car dealerships, or anywhere really.

The question on everyone’s mind: Why Utah?

FOX 13’s Elle Thomas tells us why — and gives us a peek at his nearly 13,000 square-foot, $4 million dollar Cottonwood Heights mansion — that doubles as a post-apocalypse bunker. Check it out in the video above!

Former NFL player Anquan Boldin shares cousin Corey Jones’ story on commercial during Super Bowl

While all eyes were watching to see who would win the Super Bowl on Sunday, former NFL star Anquan Boldin spoke to an audience he knows.

“There are some things just bigger than football,” said Boldin in a 60-second commercial that told the story of how his cousin, Corey Jones, was killed.

In the ad, Boldin described a flashback of how he was still playing with the San Fransisco 49ers in 2015 when his wife told him after the game that his cousin Corey was dead.

Boldin described that his cousin was killed by a police officer in plain clothes. The clips in the ad showed emotional press conferences of Jones’ family and attorneys in the days after his death.

Boldin went onto say that some things are bigger than football. He highlighted why he co-founded the Players Coalition to focus on police/community relations, criminal justice reform, and education and economic advancement.

“Obviously Anquan used his platform as far as the NFL goes to broadcast his vision and what he’s doing at this point in his career, but I also thought it was full circle just from a standpoint of what today is and what it embodies with the commemoration of Martin Luther King the equality of all people and also what’s relatively happening in our society,” said DJ Boldin, Anquan’s brother and former NFL football player.

DJ now coaches the football team at Pahokee High School, where he and his brother played. He says this coalition is Anquan’s way of giving back and raising awareness about what happened to Corey.

“You never want any loved one’s life to be lost or not have significance or meaning, and the whole family applauds Anquan for making Corey’s life meaningful. It wasn’t a meaningless death. It was a sacrifice if you will, to better our society,” said DJ Boldin.

Also on the edge of his couch, Corey’s brother, CJ Jones who had seen versions of the ad before it aired before the AFC Championship game two weeks ago.

“It was definitely an eye-opener. [It] made me cry again to see that he made a platform for others to be able to stand on,” said Jones.

This article was written by Michelle Quesada for WPTV.

Politics infiltrate this year’s Super Bowl

With the first votes in this year’s presidential election to be cast on Monday at the Iowa Caucus, two presidential candidates infiltrated this year’s Super Bowl.

President Donald Trump and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg took out advertisements during Sunday’s game. A 30-spot in this year’s Super Bowl reportedly sold for more than $5 million.

Trump reportedly took out two 30-seconds spots, while Bloomberg bought a 60-second advertisement.

Trump’s advertisement focused on criminal justice reform, and the story of a woman who was released after originally being sentenced to a lifetime prison term for a nonviolent drug offense.

Watch one of Trump’s ad here:

The New York Times reported that a second ad would be seen for the first time during the game.

Bloomberg’s ad spotlighted a signature issue for his campaign: Gun control. It featured a mother whose 13-year-old was killed by a gunman.

Here is Bloomberg’s spot:

Before the Super Bowl, Fox News host Sean Hannity interviewed Trump during the Fox Pregame Show.

Watch Trump’s interview here:

University of Utah, some school districts delay Monday schedule anticipating snow

University of Utah, some school districts delay Monday schedule anticipating snow

SALT LAKE CITY — Multiple schools in Utah have announced that they will have delayed start times or are considering canceling school completely as a winter storm hits the state Sunday night through Monday.

The University of Utah has canceled all classes that start before 12:30 p.m. and will announce any changes to afternoon and evening classes by 11 a.m.

Box Elder, Davis, Weber and Provo City school districts will start two hours late on Monday, with no kindergarten or preschool. View the posts below for full details and information on how the districts will announce further closures.

The Alpine School District will not delay start times as they have an early release schedule Monday, but said parents will be notified of any decision to close school by 5:30 a.m.

The Salt Lake City, Granite and Murray school districts announced that their schools will plan to open and operate as normal until further notice, but added that parents can choose to keep their children home if they deem it unsafe.

This article will be updated as more information is made available.

Winter storm expected to bring heavy snow for Monday morning commute

WASATCH FRONT — A winter storm is expected to roll in Sunday night and continue into Monday morning.

Winds will bring higher-than-usual temperatures during the day on Sunday all across the state. However, those highs will drop as the storm pushes through.

Heavy snow is expected throughout Sunday night into Monday morning with a possibility of lake effect snow. These conditions will make for snowy and slushy roads for the Monday morning commute.

A map from the Utah Department of Transportation illustrates what areas can expect to have travel affected by the weather Sunday night through Monday.

Snow accumulations are expected to reach four to eight inches across the Wasatch Front. For areas south of the Great Salt Lake, those numbers could reach over a foot of snow.

Areas of Central and Southern Utah will also be hit, with a possibility of getting as much as eight inches of snow.

The storm is expected to continue throughout Monday, moving away by early Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service has Winter Storm Warnings in effect.

Stay up to date with weather conditions by following our First Alert Weather Forecast online or on the free FOX 13 News App.

Man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktail, starting fire at West Valley City apartment building

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police say a domestic dispute led to a fire and evacuation of an eight-unit apartment building in West Valley City Saturday night.

According to West Valley City Police, a man threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a unit at Overlook Point Apartments near 4600 South and 2900 West as part of a domestic dispute. A fire ignited, eventually evacuating all residents from the building.

Three people were transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Police have arrested 21-year-old Luis Fernando Bueso-Romero on suspicion of arson and three counts of attempted homicide.

Jeep has Bill Murray reprise ‘Groundhog Day’ role for Super Bowl commercial

Jeep may have just won Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl.

The auto company had Bill Murray reprise his role from the movie “Groundhog Day” for a Super Bowl commercial.

In the movie, Murray plays a weatherman who is stuck repeating the same day.

In the commercial, the Jeep Gladiator in the commercial has been upgraded.

“Now that’s different,” Murray said after he saw the new Jeep.

Murray jumps into the Jeep Gladiator and steals the groundhog as they repeat the same day, just like they did in the movie.

“Groundhog Day” came out in 1993.

Sunday is the first global palindrome date in 909 years

Did you know Sunday is the first global palindrome date in 909 years?

It’s also the only palindrome date in all date formats we’ll see this century.

What does this mean? Today is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, which means the date as digits reads the same both front and backwards, regardless of what format your country writes the date in.

Both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format read 02/02/2020 on this day, or simply 02022020.

According to CNN , the last time a palindrome date in all formats occurred was 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. Most of us won’t be around the next time it happens again in 101 years on 12/12/2121.

Fun fact: Early this morning it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020.

What are you doing to celebrate the global palindrome date?