Rare snowstorm traps I-15 motorists overnight on Arizona Strip

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  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    Dec. 11, 2013 6:05 a.m.

    @Danny Chipman, @mrjj69 read the caption labeling the photo as being taken of "Commuters... near the University of Utah in a snow storm Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013." The caption was to inform readers that the photograph is NOT depticting the event in the article. The event in the article did take place last weekend. This is just a random picture of cars stuck on a road in a snowstorm which was chosen to accompany an article about cars stuck on a road in a snowstorm. Interesting that a multi-car pileup including jack-knifed semis was a little aside buried in the middle of the article.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    The same precautions when you travel by plane. I am surprised how many people take off their coats and put them in their car before they board a plane to a sunny destination.
    I have had more than my share of emergency landings in below zero conditions.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Mountain Bird -
    The Arizona Strip is the entire area north of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, in Arizona.
    There's even a sign at the southern end of the Gorge, stating that it's the Arizona Strip.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 12:59 p.m.


    I agree that Arizona has no interest in this section of I-15. They never have. The solution is for Congress to annex this small corner of Arizona to either Utah or Nevada. That way it will be maintained and taken care of by an interested party.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    An emergency kit with food, baby supplies, blankets, etc. would be a really good thing to have in the car for situations like this.

    And mrjj69, where did you find that information that this happened 11 months ago?

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    Meanwhile in San Diego, my brother calls from the golf course just to tell me how nice it is there. Think I'll call a realtor!

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    The headline has me a little confused. When I lived in St. George, "The Strip" (aka the Arizona Strip) as mentioned in the headline was the area south of Kanab, Fredonia, etc and not the Gorge. Eventually The Strip took you to the North Rim. Did the name/terminology change since I left?

  • uwishtoo MESA, AZ
    Dec. 9, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Exactly. 6 inches of snow? Phhhhtttt that's nothing when you grew up in the Midwest. You learn early on that in the winter you always keep a full tank of gas if you are traveling very far

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    Dec. 9, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    This is why, when I travel, particularly in the winter time, that I make sure I have blankets in the car, along with water and food. We had this happen many years ago in another area. It's not fun if you aren't prepared. What I don't understand is why the state troopers don't start turning people around when they close the road. It doesn't make sense to me.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 5:23 a.m.

    this was 11 months ago. HELLO!!

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 1:41 a.m.

    Re: "Ice in the Virgin River Gorge? Be ready for far more than that; it is going to happen."

    This is not the first time it has happened -- or even the one-hundredth. It's an unusual, but not unheard of situation.

    The real root of the problem is Arizona's political attempt to hold up Nevada, Utah, and the federal government for highway maintenance funds. Arizona officials claim it's unfair to require them to maintain the I-15 strip across their northwestern corner, since none of the motorists there are enroute to anywhere in Arizona.

    So they've suspended normal maintenance routines in this attempt to hold up other states and the federal government for more money.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with global warming.

    Follow the money -- it's usually the right answer.

  • SS MiddleofNowhere, Utah
    Dec. 9, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    Six inches of snow is not a natural disaster, no matter where it falls. It might seem like it though with all the drama that evolves from people who can't function with a trace of snow on the ground.

  • jjarseneau Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 9, 2013 12:33 a.m.

    Or it could be that increased carbon in the atmosphere has warmed the arctic enough to cause the differentiation between warmer and colder air that causes a distinct westerly jet stream to now undulate more north and south at times causing cold to dip farther south than is usual.
    You can blame it on morality if disregard and destruction of our environment in the name of greed is immoral. Otherwise, I don't believe that the climate has any correlation to R-rated movies.

  • Just an Observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    I am among those that believe that changes in weather and natural disasters are signs of "the last days", as is the extreme dichotomy that has taken place in the last few decades over what constitutes morality. Isaiah 5:20, for instance, reads "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" What is the point in posting this? Not to try to convince those who are adamantly opposed to this way of thinking, to be sure, but rather to remind those who have allowed themselves to fall somewhere in between that there still exists an absolute standard. Its opponents are doing everything in their power to overwhelm and silence those who hold fast to it, so increasingly more effort is required to recognize what is truth. But those who do make that effort will be prepared as the world changes not only socially and politically, but with regard to the natural environment in ways not previously imagined. Six inches of snow in St. George? Ice in the Virgin River Gorge? Be ready for far more than that; it is going to happen.