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Southeastern Utah preps for snowstorm

Posted at 9:24 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 23:26:44-05

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Southeastern Utah is bracing for a big snowstorm.

“We’ve heard estimates anywhere from six to 12 inches here in the Moab Valley,” said Chief Jim Winder from the Moab City Police Department.

The record for a single day snowfall total in Moab is 12 inches set on January 11, 1905.

“Moab City for a long time used two-wheel drive vehicles and the city here over the course of a year has migrated to an all four-wheel drive fleet,” said Chief Winder.

Those four-wheel drives may come in handy. Moab is the center point for one of UDOT’s key concern areas in the southeastern part of the state.

“The 191 corridor is a major connector for I-40 down in Arizona up to I-70 and we have a lot of freight traffic coming through there,” said Kevin Kitchen, UDOT Region 4 Communications Manager.

The state has 27 plows in the region: five in Bluff, six in Blanding, six in Monticello, five in Moab and five at the Thompson station. They believe it is enough to keep up but recognize if the snow starts to fall faster than an inch an hour, it will be a challenge.