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Shelley Osterloh ReportingUtah Power reports about three thousand of its customers in three different areas are without power this evening. There are outages in the Millcreek area, South Farmington and in Salt Lake City at 13th South and Edison.
It’s not a good evening to be out on the roads either. Conditions are slick and getting slicker. Although it’s a beautiful sight to have fresh snow blanketing the trees and the ski slopes, it’s getting tough to get around. There are lots of fender benders out there today.
A car and truck collided on I-80. A semi jackknifed near Tooele. Traffic across the valley is moving slowly.
Salt Lake County Public Works crews have been scraping and salting roads since about noon when the snow started to stick on the benches. Snow Plow Drivers are asking us to look out for them and don't park on the street.
Larry Helquist, District Supervisor, Salt Lake County Public Works: "Slow down and maybe move over. Let us go by you or around you, and try to keep the cars and trailers off the road. That’s our main problem all year long is parked cars on the road."
Salt Lake County has mounds of salt stockpiled at 3800 south and Wasatch Dr. from the Great Salt Lake. When the snow melts the salt is carried back to the lake through the storm drains.
One bright spot in the storm, this snow is playing well across the country. Ski Utah and Utah Convention and Visitors Bureau report their web sites are very busy. For example the Ski Utah site had about a million hits last month, but will likely have that many in just the first three days of November.