- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After enjoying spring-like weather over Easter weekend, northern Utah residents woke up to cold and snow Monday - and more winter weather is forecast for Tuesday.

Most areas in the Salt Lake City area received one inch or less of snow, with Logan leading the state with six inches, National Weather Service figures show. Rain and high winds were forecast for Monday afternoon in southern Utah.

Temperatures dipped into the low 30s in northern Utah, a day after people celebrated Easter on a warm, sunny day where the high temperature in Salt Lake City was 63.

The snow caused low visibility and slow drives Monday for morning commuters. A westbound stretch of Interstate 80 in Salt Lake City was closed for two hours when a car crashed into a semi-trailer carrying two tanks of crude oil, said Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol.

Nobody suffered major injuries in the crash.

The two-hour closure brought traffic to a standstill during the busy rush hour as crews worked to clean off diesel fuel that spilled from the semi-trailer’s tank, Royce said. Diesel fuel mixed with wet pavement can create slick conditions, he said.

Though it may have seemed odd after the warm weekend and approaching spring, snow in late March isn’t unusual in northern Utah, said Steve Rogowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Salt Lake City has received about an average amount of snow for the winter, but more than last year’s dry winter, Rogowski said.

“We’ve had a few bad years recently, so that’s why folks think it’s better than ever,” Rogowski said. “But it’s really not that exceptional at all.”

The forecast calls for colder temperatures and more snow for the metro area on Tuesday morning, Rogowksi said. The lower parts of the valley are expected to get 1 to 3 inches of snow while foothill areas on what is known as the bench could get six inches or more, he said.

Ski resorts could receive up to two feet of new snow, he said.

The Utah Highway Patrol is bracing for an even more treacherous commute Tuesday morning, and it is urging people to give themselves plenty of time for their commutes.

“We’re just hoping this wetness doesn’t freeze,” Royce said. “That would give us some problems.”

More snow could fall Wednesday before the weather warms up later in the week, Rogowksi said.

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