Be careful what you wish for
The same prayer has been issuing forth from every denomination from three-pinners to shredders, from liftees to ski area moguls: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Finally our plea was answered.But the delivery was not exactly what had been hoped for.
Tuesday morning a virulent storm hurled sheets of snow across the highways, pasted ice on windshields and blew drifts up against driveways and doorways.
It was the kind of classic blizzard that in the last century threw the West’s pioneers off course and blinded their horses. In short it was an old fashioned, pre-global warming shovel bender and in Park City it was as welcome as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.
Nevertheless, it presented road crews, sheriff’s deputies and local employers a number of challenges. It compounded the already strained traffic problems on the city’s entry corridors and tested public safety officials’ patience.
For many local employers whose staff members were unable to skirt the Utah Department of Transportation’s roadblock on Interstate 80, the storm highlighted the impracticality of relying on an out-of-town workforce.
The suddenness of Tuesday’s storm also put the Utah Avalanche Center on red alert and kept the resort’s snow control crews in high gear.
Additional waves of snow are expected throughout the week and between runs down the mountain or snowshoe treks across the valley, we encourage everyone to exercise an extra measure of courtesy on the road, to spread the word about avalanche safety and to celebrate the return of winter by making a commitment to reduce global warming by conserving energy and minimizing pollution.
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“History buffs will tell you that Park City suffered many devastating fires fanned by canyon winds,” writes Andrea Barros. “It could happen again if we do not reduce wildfire fuel.”