Rare snowstorm traps I-15 motorists overnight on Arizona Strip
"At 2:24 a.m. I texted him and just said that I'd been called and we knew what was going on on the bus and that they were stuck and that we'd been able to contact almost all the parents," she said. "(At) 6:07 a.m. I get a text from him and he says, 'We've been stuck outside of St. George due to the storm. Sorry for the delay. Go to bed.'"
He said the roads were very icy but everyone was doing great and slept for a good part of the night. The bus idled all night long so they were able to stay warm. Due to regulations requiring the bus driver to rest for eight hours, the bus was expected to return to Salt Lake City around 10 p.m. Sunday
"I'm sure it'll be nice to just show up and give them a hug and be glad they're home," Lawrence said.
Some areas of St. George received a rare 6 to 8 inches of snow Saturday night, according to city spokesman Marc Mortensen. He said it was particularly bad from about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. when the snowfall came down heavily and temperatures fell.
Public safety officials were "extremely busy" Saturday night attending to a lot of accidents, mostly slide-offs that caused property damage.
The SunTran bus system was closed last night due to poor driving conditions, and after receiving 3 inches of snow, the St. George Municipal Airport was closed at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
"Crews worked around the clock at the airport with the plow to clear the runway and taxiways, and this morning it's back open, and we don't foresee any other problems at the airport," Mortensen said Sunday.
St. George has no snow plows expect for one at the airport that the city is required to have.
"City crews this morning attacked the problem with graders. We contacted some of our local contractors here that have the large blades, and we’ve been able to work on some of the hills" removing snow, Mortensen said.
He said city street conditions improved as the day progressed Sunday as crews sanded and cleared the streets using construction equipment, like front-end loaders and graders.
KSL meteorologist Dan Guthrie reported St. George received 6 inches of snow. Kanab got 9. But by next weekend, temperatures are expected to be back near 50.
Along the Wasatch Front, Guthrie predicted up to 2 inches of snow was possible Monday morning. Monday's predicted high will only be 19 degrees in Salt Lake City with the high temperature climbing to 39 by Friday.
Contributing: Pat Reavy
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