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Snowstorm slams the state; UHP responds to more than 100 crashes

By Alex Cabrero  |  Posted Feb 14th, 2009 @ 8:00pm



 

Another round of snow hit the state this morning, and that means a lot of people were cleaning it all up. Of course, it is February, and we do live in Utah, but even still, all this snow that fell this morning sure got a lot of things going.

Robert King helps neighbor remove snow off sidewalk.

Robert King is the kind of neighbor we'd all like to have. He spent this morning like he does almost every snowy morning, making sure his neighbors' sidewalks and driveways are clear. He said, "We've got neighbors that are good to us, so we're good to them It's no big deal to do a couple more yards on the way back down the hill."

Unfortunately, many drivers found themselves down the hill and into a ditch. Slick roads helped create a crash in Bountiful. Drivers going too fast led to several fender benders, especially along the interstates. There was an accident around 9:30 this morning on 700 North and I-215. The Utah Highway Patrol says it appears the driver was going too fast for the road conditions. Luckily, there were no injuries.

The UHP reported 73 accidents in Salt Lake County, five accidents with injuries and 16 slide-offs. It reported 16 accidents in Utah County, and three accidents with injuries, and six slide-offs. In Davis County there were 75 crashes.

One man, who didn't give us his name, said he was tired of all the cold and wet snowfall after snowfall. Then again, he said he's from Brazil. He said, "I'm so ready. I can't wait until summer."

But if you live in Utah, you have to learn to deal with snow in the winter, with it making walking an adventure, with it building up on plants, and with it making us all bundle up like Eskimo's.

Salt Lake City resident Laura Martins said, "Yeah, it's a lot of fun."

There are those who love the snow and everything that comes with it. Salt Lake City resident Robert King said, "I hope it keeps snowing right through the end of May."

Meteorologist Dan Pope said snowfall amounts have generally been 2 to 3 inches in the valleys and 4 to 7 inches on the benches.

Most mountains have received from 7 to 12 inches today. He added snow showers will linger into this evening along the Northern Wasatch Front.

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