Winter Weather Moves in on Wasatch Front

Winter Weather Moves in on Wasatch Front

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Alex Cabrero ReportingLen confirmed what many of us already knew, it was cold out there today -- cold enough to snap into winter mode for many places.

The Road Home is a place for people who need shelter throughout the year. Normally its winter emergency shelter doesn't open until early November, but they opened today because of the cold temperatures.

Winter Weather Moves in on Wasatch Front

In Utah's higher elevations, there was even a lot of snow. It looks like we'll have to get used to driving on it again, and for some, working in it again.

Mark Georgi: "I didn't want to get out of bed and come to work."

Mark Georgi and his son Tyrel have been digging trenches and burying utility cables at a Parley's Summit home for four days now.

Tyrel Georgi: "Just pretty much backfilling it."

Today, though, seems like more work than any of the other days combined.

Winter Weather Moves in on Wasatch Front

Mark Georgi, Contractor: "You get colder, your hands freeze up, the machines don't like to push too well in the snow."

A pick-up in Big Cottonwood Canyon had to be rolled back over. Its driver was going too fast down the canyon and hit a snow patch.

Paul Christiansen, Salt Lake Co. Sheriff's Office: "It seems like the first snowfall that we have, we end up cleaning up lots of accidents due to drivers not being as cautious as they should be."

Snow plows, like one we saw up Little Cottonwood Canyon in Alta, do the best they can to keep roads clear, but it's still up to drivers to be safe because we all want to make it back home.

Getting warm is all any of us can think about when it gets cold outside, that's why the Road Home here opened its winter emergency shelter this afternoon.

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