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Storm Strands Travelers in Southern, Central Utah

Storm Strands Travelers in Southern, Central Utah

Posted - Nov. 29, 2004 at 7:53 a.m.



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(KSL News) Snow, rain, ice, and freezing temperatures mean chaos on Utah's roads, as travelers try to make it back home from the Thanksgiving weekend.

Eight people died in accidents around Utah this weekend. This morning, hotels in Southern Utah were packed with stranded travelers trying to make it up from the south end of the state.

Wind-blown freeways in Southern Utah forced hundreds of drivers off I-15 and I-70. Motel owners in Beaver told KSL Newsradio rooms were scarce by 6:30 last night, and many people slept in their cars. One driver said it took him four hours just to go 40 miles.

Utah Highway Patrol says drivers inched along I-15 between Cedar City and Fillmore, some lurching at speeds of five miles an hour. Traffic was backed up for miles, all due to slick roads, and rough conditions.

The snow is making for some dangerous driving conditions this morning since some roads are still icy.

The Utah Highway Patrol says on snowy, driving days.. troopers respond to about one hundred accidents.

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