Nels Elde clears the snow from the sidewalk outside of his house in the Avenues before heading to work at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Residents along the Wasatch Front awoke Thursday to several inches of new snow, which made for a nasty commute. The Utah Highway Patrol tweeted that troopers had investigated 157 crashes as of midday Thursday. The tweet warned drivers not to get too comfortable with the roadway, adding, “There are still icy and snowpack spots throughout the valleys, especially on overpasses and bridges.” The storm also prompted the Utah Avalanche Center to issue a backcounty avalanche warning through Saturday morning. The warning includes the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Range and the western Uinta Mountains. The storm forced the closure of state Route 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon for avalanche control. According to the National Weather Service, Friday will dawn with a rain and snow likely before noon, but there will be little or no snow accumulation as the temperature is expected to be near 44. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 46 with a slight chance of rain and snow after noon. Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 36.