Many people were out enjoying the fresh powder today after a winter storm barreled through Utah, dumping over 2 feet of snow in some areas and causing over 400 traffic incidents throughout the valley.
The storm came through Utah beginning January 9th and dumped snow until late on January 11th. Storm totals vary depending on location, with the largest amounts being around 45 inches in the Wasatch mountains to a small trace of snow in Pleasant Grove. The storm blew away the dirty air in the Salt Lake valley, leaving clear skies and very cold temperatures.
The winter storm was nicknamed Gandolf by the Weather Channel which decided to begin naming significant winter storms to raise awareness and to potentially help people to be more prepared and informed. Contrary to popular belief, the name Gandolf comes from William Morris's novel The Well at World's End (1986), not a grey wizard in Lord of the Rings.
Schools in Davis county closed Friday for an uncommon "snow day" which delighted the children as they played in the snow. Some schools remained in session with lower attendance than normal.
Officials are still warning the public to use caution on the roads as they will have patches of ice as temperatures plummet to a low of 3 degrees tonight. Click here to read more about driving safely in winter conditions.
Be careful as you enjoy "The Greatest Snow on Earth"!