Tuesday's snowstorm dumped at least 24 inches in Liberty, which kept residents busy digging out most of the day.
Matt Tesch, 27, has lived in Liberty for the past 21 years. "I knew it was going to be quite a bit of snow, but this was a lot," said Tesch, who plows snow for a private company.
When Tesch left his home at 3:45 a.m., there was "a foot of light snow in the driveway. But when I got back at noon, there was well over 2 feet," he said.
Tesch ended up spending the rest of the afternoon plowing his own driveway and walkways.
"This is by far the biggest snowstorm we've had in the past few years," he said.
Louise Hill said the snowstorm took her and her husband, Clair, by surprise. Friends from Salt Lake City came to visit Monday because they wanted to avoid the snowstorm Tuesday. When they walked outside to get into their car, they found it was buried under snow.
And the snow kept coming.
Lifelong Liberty resident Eugene Bailey said he was "hoping for this much snow. This type of snow is typical of my younger days."
Bailey, 68, said that as a farmer he hopes to see more snow with moisture keep coming.
"Without a water supply, it could get bad," Bailey said.
Bailey, who runs a sleigh-ride business at his farm, said the trampoline in his yard is barely visible because of the deep snow.
He started plowing out the driveway and the parking lot by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was back out again at 9:30 a.m. and didn't get back in until 2 p.m.
Bailey said his only concern with the huge amount of snow is what it can do to buildings. He had a barn collapse several years ago following a large snowstorm.
"I won't let that happen again," he said.
John McCauley, of Eden, said, "I just fly by the seat of my pants. I do my firewood. I've been up here for so long that, for me, it's just another day. I make sure that the trusty old John Deere snowblower is running. These roads are pretty trippy."
Minneapolis native David Booth was visiting a friend in Eden on Tuesday and noted "it'll be nice to get a good snowpack and recharge the reservoir."
"We came up from Salt Lake City over Trapper's Loop, and it was absolutely a sheet of ice," Booth said. "We just glided over to the edge of the road and couldn't get out until the salt machine came by."
Tuesday morning's commute saw one serious accident in Box Elder County, a jackknifed semitrailer in Davis County that shut down lanes and an accident at the mouth of Weber Canyon that closed it for about an hour.
Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said the Box Elder accident happened at 8:38 a.m. on State Road 30 at Mile Marker 94 just north of Bear River.
Johnson said a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Camille Trimble, 20, of Tremonton, was going west on the snowpacked roads and spun around into the path of a Chevrolet Uplander going east.
The Uplander, driven by Katie Winkler, 28, also of Tremonton, hit the driver's door of Trimble's car. Trimble received severe head injuries and had to be extricated from the car. Winkler had leg injuries. Both women were transported to a local hospital, Johnson said.
In Davis County, a semitrailer going north on Interstate 15 slid and jackknifed near Layton Hills Mall, shutting down lanes around 11 a.m. for about 30 minutes. Emergency crews helped the driver get the semitrailer straightened out so he could proceed, Johnson said.
At 10:18 a.m., a semitrailer and a passenger truck were involved in an accident on Interstate 84 at the mouth of Weber Canyon, he said. There were no injuries, but the lanes were closed for about an hour until emergency crews could remove the vehicles.
Dispatchers in Weber and Davis counties said, on the whole, drivers appeared to be getting the idea that slick conditions are the norm for early morning commutes, although things got dicier as the day progressed.
Johnson said he did not have totals as of 1 p.m. because the dispatch centers were "extremely busy" dealing with calls.
Davis County dispatchers reported 40 slide-offs and accidents from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., the most recent time that statistics were available, and Weber County was "swamped," Johnson said.
From midnight Monday to 1 p.m. Tuesday, 43 slide-offs and accidents with two injuries in Weber County were handled by Utah Highway Patrol.
Nanette Hosenfeld, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City, said 5 to 6 inches of snow fell in areas between Bountiful and Ogden overnight, while Liberty got 24 inches.
The National Weather Service reported that, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Brigham City had received 2 inches of new snow and Clearfield had 6.2 inches. Also, as of 6 p.m., Bountiful's bench had 5.5 inches, and as of 7 p.m., the northeast Ogden bench received 6.2 inches of snow.
And commuters can expect more snow to come just in time for this morning's commute, Hosenfeld said.
A power outage affected more than 4,000 customers in Eden, Huntsville and Liberty from 6:09 a.m. to 8:09 a.m., said Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power.
Nate Taggart, spokesman for Weber School District, said the power outage also occurred at Snowcrest Junior High and Valley Elementary, but both schools were open Tuesday. Power was restored at both schools by 9 a.m.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Weber district announced on its website that, because of the weather, all elementary and secondary schools in the district will dismiss early today.
Snowplows have been making the rounds at the 120 locations owned by the Davis School District, said Christopher Williams, spokesman for the district.
Williams said the district has 17 plows. One shift begins at 10 p.m. and plows all night, with another shift coming on later in the morning.
Also the district has gone through 400 tons of a salt/sand mixture this winter, Williams said. In the past few years when the winter has been milder, the district has used only 100 tons of the salt/sand mixture.
"We've got an order for another 100 tons," Williams said.
Williams said the district is using between 50 tons and 100 tons of the salt/sand mixture for each storm this season. The salt/sand mixture costs $22.14 a ton, but "that gets costly when you're using 100 tons a storm," he said.
In the early morning hours, parents can check several sites to learn about school closures, he said.
"We do post on Facebook and Twitter and on our website. If you, as a parent, want to keep your child home because you think conditions are unsafe, you can, but the child has to make up any missed schoolwork," Williams said.
Principals and teachers are being asked to be "kind and understanding" to students who show up late, Williams said.
"We want our students to arrive there as safely as possible."
Standard-Examiner reporters Scott Schwebke and Mikayla Beyer contributed to this article.