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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

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G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

We had our share of those kinds of days over the years, even here in Utah. One winter, the drifts were so high we kids had to be warned to stay off the tops of them because the power lines were in reach.
I spent some time in Northern Arizona and New Mexico; they can also get bad winters. When driving to Holbrook from Gallup in a snowstorm, we joked that we knew the state line because the Arizona Highway Department was running around with buckets to catch the flakes as they came down. An exaggeration, but in those days they were better at clearing their section of the old Highway 66 than New Mexico.
Also remember a snowstorm in McNary Arizona that dropped in excess of 3 feet. Our friends in Utah were writing, asking if we wanted some of their 18 inches that had fallen in the same storm. Well, news to them--Northern Arizona, still on the Rocky Mountain Plateau, isn't the same as the sunny southern part of the state!

pogo8702
SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT

Growing up near the Idaho boarder brings back a few of those memories....but not as extreme. Wind chill days are NOT typical anywhere south of the Northwest Territories. Your have my heartfelt respect and condolences.
Just don't let the caution makers take all the fun out of it. Saskatoon doesn't shut down completely either.... A little thought and a small bit of extra gear (mitten shells) and you can still check the mail. Fire up the church building and let the kids bounce basketballs for an hour if it's close enough. Then they can read Dickens.
The cities up north....Edmonton, anyone ... Anchorage, Nova Scotia... don't shut down completely. Maybe we need to hear from them how they are doing it this winter.
Good luck.

southern son
SHARPSBURG, MD

If this is 'global warming', bring on the next ice age!!! A very frozen, tired of complaining about the cold, want to complain about the heat, why are my toes purple, Southern Son.
BTW..."Frozen" is a superb film.

RGreen
Rexburg, ID

A.MEN. (Says the woman who just moved to North Dakota with her five kids and is living the exact same life this winter.)

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Things are almost as bad here in Michigan. Detroit Public Schools where I work, has cancelled school six days due to cold or snow. The district I live in, Warren Consolidated, has cancelled 8 days, partly because they were crazy enough to go back the day after New Years, and then had to cancel that Friday because of a big storm.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

I lived in St. Louis in the 80's, and we once had an entire week of 50 below zero wind chill. We had ice on the inside of our picture window. On two occasions, the temperature fell to 65 below zero wind chill, and we were told not to go outside because in five minutes our lungs would freeze.

I'm now in Houston, Texas, which closed down yesterday because the temperature fell just below freezing and we had some sleet. Few know how to drive on slick roads here, and thus the roads are deemed impassable from even an eighth of an inch of snow.

Yes, Frozen was an excellent movie.

G L W8
SPRINGVILLE, UT

It can get frigid in Northern Arizona. One of the years I was there, the thermometer read 54 below zero at Leupp, Arizona (On the Painted Desert/Navajo Reservation.) Arctic blasts commonly race down the Great Basin all the way to Flagstaff, Arizona. Some of the cold basins in Utah frequently drop to +/- 10 below zero in a cold winter.
These observations are based on my experience and memory, someone more knowledgeable about the climate in the Intermountain West may have more factual information.

kris5948
bountiful, UT

Loved this article and her humor! Well written - and totally relatable to many mothers who are experiencing the ''winter freeze'' with all stuck inside :)

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Most the nation is frozen and we call that "global warming"??

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