Sam PenrodThere are two words just about every school kid loves to hear: SNOW DAY! Thanks to more than a foot of snow and power outages, students in Juab County got the day off.
14 inches of snow today, and it's really piling up. All over town people are talking about one thing, snow. If you are a kid, waking up to a foot of snow and finding out when you get to school that it's cancelled for the day, is a dream come true. After all it's not every day you can ride a snowmobile in your front yard.
Jessica Stoddard, Juab High Student: “It's pretty cool that we didn't have to go to school. I'm not very sad at all, we just get to ride around on the snowmobiles all day.”
McKenzie Lundell, Juab High School Student: “We had a big army test to take today, so we got out of that.”
For the younger kids, the cold didn't matter after they started playing in the snow.
Briar Proctor, Student: “I'm just out having fun, it's pretty hot.”
But the big snowstorm wasn't all fun and games. The heavy snow caused power lines to fail, keeping Nephi in the dark most of the morning.
John Eggers, Nephi Resident: “I looked at the clock, it went off at ten after 6:00. It’s been off since then.”
And just about every tree in town lost a branch or two. And then there was the work. Some were lucky enough to have an ATV to clear the walks. We even found an old John Deere tractor drafted into service to push snow off the curb. But for residents like Beth Taylor, it was a time-consuming and exhausting project to shovel the driveway.
Beth Taylor, Nephi Resident: “It's a good wet heavy snow, but we need it, not on the driveway, but we need it.”
But even if you had to shovel the walks, or got a very short ride in the snow, no one seemed to complain. After all, winter isn't winter until you have a snowstorm big enough to build a snowman.
The bad news is that the school day will have to be made up in the spring. The good news is that the storm will help with the water situation this summer.