More snow is forecast for today and Friday in the wake of a storm Wednesday that walloped some northern Utah neighborhoods with more than a foot of snow and left others with just a dusting.
Snow totals showed between 3 to 8 inches falling in parts of Utah County, up to 4 inches in Salt Lake County and more than a foot in many neighborhoods north of Farmington.
The storm forced Weber State University to cancel all evening classes Wednesday. The closure included all campuses and centers, including WSU-Davis in Layton, WSU-West Center in Roy, WSU-Morgan Center and the WSU-Kaysville Center at Davis High School.
Some letup is in sight, according to Mike Seaman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
"We should see a drying trend into the weekend," Seaman predicted.
Davis School District officials said the storm caused some schools buses to be late for school Wednesday, as well as a few slide-offs among students at the high schools.
Chris Williams, spokesman for the district, said a few parents had called in wondering if the schools would be letting students out early due to the snow. But Williams said once kids are at school, it is the best place for them, and sending them home early wouldn't serve any real purpose.
A couple of buses got stuck at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden School District and had to be dug out.
In Weber School District, many students were late getting in, and some parents simply kept their children home from school.
"It's understandable. We ended up getting a lot more snow than was anticipated," said Weber district spokesman Nate Taggart.
While snow fell lightly in the Salt Lake area, the storm hit pretty hard in Utah County, dropping up to 8 inches in some parts of Utah Valley.
The northern part of Alpine School District from Point of the Mountain to American Fork suffered the brunt of the storm.
The problem wasn't snow, but wind that was building large snowdrifts.
Rhonda Bromley, Alpine district spokeswoman, said special consideration is taken for weather-stricken areas, but school was still held. Some buses were running a little late, however.
In Provo, the message was the same.
"We're just like everybody else," said Sharon Richardson, administrative assistant in Provo School District. "Our problem is the parking lots. The ice from yesterday made it hard for the snowplows to clean (the snow) over the ice."
Nebo district officials said complaints about late buses were minimal and all schools started on time.
There were six fender-benders on the campus and in the parking lots of Brigham Young University, but no tow-trucks or injuries, said spokesman Joe Hadfield.
There were no other weather-related problems at the university or at Utah Valley State College.
Cities sent out their plows early to get ready for the commute. Orem had plows running by 4 a.m., and Provo's went out at 4:30 a.m. Provo has 13 trucks but started out Wednesday with seven.
Plowing all the main, highly-traveled roads like 900 East or Foothill just once takes crews about three hours, said Scott Peppler, deputy public works director for Provo.
"If it's a 4 a.m. snowstorm, it'll be 7 before we've made it through the whole city," he said Wednesday. "And the way it's going this morning ... there's no way we'll be on top of it as it keeps snowing. They did a pretty good job today, but it's still a problem trying to get through."
Hills and curves also take priority, and Peppler reminds people that if they don't need to park on the street, they shouldn't. It's too hard for snowplows to maneuver through residential neighborhoods with cars parked on the street.
Orem street section manager Stan Orme echoed that plea.
"Another word of advice," Orme said. "After it snows or during a snowstorm, if (people) don't have to go out and travel, it would be better if they could wait an hour or two for us to get out there with salt and plow the roads ... or it's stopped snowing."
Orem public works crews used 1,100 tons of salt in December and probably went through another 300 tons for this storm, Orme said.
Peppler also reminded Provo residents that city code asks that people shovel their sidewalks if there's more than an inch of snow or ice on them.That doesn't mean during a storm, but realistically, once it has cleared, Provo crews would hope to see clear sidewalks, he said.
Contributing: Amy K. Stewart, Catherine Smith, Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jacob Hancock, Tiffany Erickson, Stephen Speckman, Genelle Pugmire