Snow blankets Utah as winter storms pounds West

Snow blankets Utah as winter storms pounds West

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(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson). A child climbs the partially snow-covered sides of the International Fountain, shut to a dribble in near-freezing weather, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the Seattle Center in Seattle. Winter weather closed schools and disrupted ... (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson). A child climbs the partially snow-covered sides of the International Fountain, shut to a dribble in near-freezing weather, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at the Seattle Center in Seattle. Winter weather closed schools and disrupted ...
(AP Photo/Richard Vogel). Downtown Portland is seen behind a row of trees and a snow covered pedestrian walkway along the Willamette river in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A winter storm overnight brought light snow and icy conditions to th... (AP Photo/Richard Vogel). Downtown Portland is seen behind a row of trees and a snow covered pedestrian walkway along the Willamette river in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A winter storm overnight brought light snow and icy conditions to th...
(Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP). Kendall-Jackson vineyards are covered in snow along the foot of Black Mountain, above the Alexander Valley near Geyserville, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP). Kendall-Jackson vineyards are covered in snow along the foot of Black Mountain, above the Alexander Valley near Geyserville, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
(Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP). The valley floor says spring, Geyser Peak and the surrounding foothills embrace winter above Alexander Valley, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 near Geyserville, Calif. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP). The valley floor says spring, Geyser Peak and the surrounding foothills embrace winter above Alexander Valley, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 near Geyserville, Calif.

By BRADY McCOMBS
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Heavy snowfall in Utah triggered a rare snow day for many students, delayed government operations and snarled morning commutes as winter storms continued to slam the western U.S.

Most parts of the Salt Lake City area received at least 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow with more expected Wednesday.

Nonessential state workers were given until noon to get to work and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City closed its campus until midday.

Officials urged people to delay commutes or work from home as snow plows cleared snowy and icy roads. The state's ski resorts trumpeted a huge dump of more than two feet (61 centimeters) of mountain snow.

In California, Interstate 15 was closed in the Mojave Desert near the Nevada state line due to icy conditions.

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