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Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press
Matthew Harrell shovels Sunday as tow trucks prepare to pull his car onto the road near Gold Run, Calif. Winter weather slammed the West this weekend.

Snowstorms shut down the runways at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday, delaying flights for more than an hour. A similar situation happened Saturday.

"The high amount of snow in a short time — there are just times when you can't keep up with it," said airport authority spokeswoman Barbara Gann.

One runway was able to be cleared so airplanes could take off and land. Then, the remaining runways were cleared and reopened.

Emergency dispatchers around the state said police were busy dealing with snow-related crashes and slide-offs Sunday. The Utah Highway Patrol reported nine slide-offs and 73 crashes in Salt Lake County by about 5 p.m.

Only six of the crashes involved injuries, and all injuries were minor, UHP Trooper Cameron Roden said.

I-80 in Summit County was closed for a short period of time because of the storm. A chunk of state Route 96 was also closed in Carbon County because of the weather and was not expected to reopen until later today.

With snow predicted to continue through today, officials are warning drivers to be careful on the roads.

"Now that it's snowed and melted, the potential for black ice is pretty high," Roden said. "We definitely advise people to be cautious and be aware of it."

Expect a cold — but mostly dry — commute this morning.

"The storm is pretty much winding down for us now," said National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Young. "We'll be pretty cloudy, but there will only be some light showers."

The NWS forecasts a 50 percent chance of snow later tonight, with the possibility of about an inch of new snow.

"Then it will taper off and we'll get another band on Tuesday afternoon," Young said. "We're not going to see anything huge for the next two days. There won't be any lake effect."


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