Some northern Utah residents awoke early Thursday to find that preparations for Thanksgiving dinner had been delayed by power outages.
The outages in Salt Lake, Davis and Utah counties were apparently caused by wet, heavy snowfall, which delighted skiers and ski resort owners but resulted in a busy holiday early Thursday for Utah Power & Light Co. crews."Poor UP&L. They've been responding to popped transformers all over," said a Salt Lake County Fire dispatcher.
"The outages also tripped dozens of burglar and fire alarms.
In Murray, power was out along State Street between 34th and 45th South. "We've had power bumps all over," said a Murray Police dispatcher.
Salt Lake City had no power outages and West Valley City had only one. Bountiful City power crews responded to five outages, most of which were remedied by 7 a.m.
Provo police reported numerous power problems, too.
"We've had power outages all night," said a Provo dispatcher.
Although the streets were slick in places, few traffic accidents occurred early Thursday.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported only a handful of fender benders on Salt Lake County freeways but anticipated more as people began Thanksgiving outings.
Denis Siu, meteorologist at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service, said northern Utah valleys could receive about 1 to 3 inches and the mountains up to a foot of new snow from another storm system, expected to move into the state early Friday.
He said the Friday storm may deposit more snow than the one that dropped fairly substantial amounts late Wednesday and early Thanksgiving Day in Utah.
That storm left 16 inches at Snowbird, where total snow depth at the 8,000-foot level was 40 inches early Thursday. Alta received 15 inches of snow overnight for a total depth of 42 inches at the 8,700-foot level.
Most of southern Utah was missed by the snowstorm, but Richfield received an inch, and Moab reported rain and snow early Thursday. Two to 3 inches of snow fell in Cache Valley, and Sardine Pass and Logan Canyon each received 6 to 10 inches. Bench areas along the Wasatch Front generally received 4 to 7 inches.