It was a busy day for police agencies in the Top of Utah Friday, as the continuing snow storm contributed to slide-offs and other accidents.
As of 8:30 p.m., Friday, the Utah Highway Patrol had responded to eight vehicle slideoffs or crashes in Box Elder County, 42 in Weber County and 80 in Davis County.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office handled 123 vehicle accidents and slideoffs, while the Weber County Consolidated Dispatch Center handled 161 such incidents in Weber and Morgan counties through 9:30 p.m.
Davis County "was getting hammered," Joe Dougherty, spokesman for Utah Public Safety, said late Friday afternoon.
Dougherty said the best safety tip if one has to be out on the roads in weather like Friday's is to add extra following distance.
A state snowplow truck struck an ambulance about 2 p.m. Friday on Powder Mountain Road near Eden, causing minor damage.
Weber County Sheriff's Cpl. Nealy Adams said the Weber Fire District ambulance was enroute to Powder Mountain Resort to handle a minor ski-related injury and was struck by the blade of the plow truck.
There were no injuries and Powder Mountain Road was closed for about an hour while the mishap was investigated and cleared.
There were also several vehicle slideoffs Friday on Powder Mountain Road and Trapper's Loop in the Ogden Valley, some of them involving skiers, said Adams.
"The state and county plow drivers did a good job (trying to keep road cleared) but there was so much snow," he said.
The National Weather Service reported snowfall totals between late Thursday afternoon and 7 p.m., Friday of 21 inches in Woods Cross; 18 inches in Clearfield; 15.3 inches in Bountiful; 12 inches in Roy; and 11.5 inches on the northeast Ogden bench.
An additional 1 to 4 inches of snow was expected Friday night, tapering off today.
Pam Murphy, of Hooper, got stuck Thursday night on her way to work at the Ogden Clinic. She stopped for a red light at Adams Avenue and Washington Boulevard in South Ogden.
When the light turned green, she started going through the intersection, got 20 feet and her Toyota Corolla just spun its tires.
"I sat there for 10 minutes," Murphy said. "I couldn't go backwards or forward."
Then a car with four teenage boys pulled over. The boys jumped out and "pushed me, and not just a few feet, but up past the light until my car could go," Murphy said.
Murphy said she was too afraid to stop and get their names, because she didn't want to get stuck again. But did notice one of them was wearing a Bonneville High School Lakers swim team T-shirt under his coat.
"I was very humbled they would go out of their way to help me," Murphy said.
That was just one of the incidents reported to the Standard-Examiner during the storm.
Davis School District, Davis County government and Weber State University were among the organizations to declare a snow day.
Weber School District students already had the day off due to a teacher prep day. Ogden, Box Elder and Morgan schools were open and running Friday.
Davis County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Harper said semitrailers had "a rough go of it" Friday morning on the overpass where Highway 89 and Interstate 15 meets in Farmington.
"They couldn't get going on that steep hill," Harper said.
Utah Department of Transportation had plows and sanders out most of Thursday night and did "a phenomenal job trying to keep up with the storm," Harper said.