WEST JORDAN, UTAH (ABC4 News) — Old Man Winter is taking his aim at Utah in this latest storm. The plows are out clearing what they can but the roadways are a mess in the valley.
Michelle Sierra may be saying what many Utahns are thinking, “I’m so tired of this snow.”
ABC4 News caught up with Sierra while she was shoveling her driveway. It’s safe to say she’s over the routine.
“Take the snow away; bring the sunshine,” Sierra says laughing.
While she remains optimistic, Utah drivers were frustrated.
Traveling up hills was the biggest issue for drivers.
Several vehicles couldn’t make it or got stuck spinning their tires on the slippery roads until help arrived.
“You’d drive and you’d be fine and then all of a sudden it would be slippery, then all of a sudden a wind gust would come,” says Becky Lageschulte.
Wednesday morning, UDOT allowed vehicles with 4-wheel drive or chains to head up Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.
Over on I-80 through Parleys Canyon UDOT and law enforcement required semis to use chains heading eastbound.
On the west side of the valley around the Mountain View Corridor, traffic was at a crawl.
Lageschulte says, “I had to drive my kids to school and that is about a 20-minute drive normally and it was about 35 today. Then getting out here to Jordan Landing a good 25, so about an extra 45 minutes or so on my commute.”
Rocky Mountain Power worked hard to get over 2,300 customers back their power. One of the biggest outages hit Sandy City affecting over 1,000 customers. The electric company is currently working on several power outages throughout the state.
One thing Utahns can do in this storm is check-in on their neighbors and make sure they can make it through the storm.
Matthew McFarland with Unified Fire Authority says, “It’s a great day for that, we encourage everyone in the community to be aware of their neighbors who may have special needs or considerations. Times of extreme weather is a great time to check on their needs and well being.”
The ABC4 News Pinpoint Weather Team says the storm should stick around throughout Wednesday and into Thursday morning.