It's a familiar sight for Utahns. When temperatures drop and the snow falls, plenty of problems come with it.
According to the National Weather Service, a hazardous weather outlook was in effect for Monday with temperatures along the Northern Wasatch Front expected to remain between zero and the low teens. Additional wind chill would make it possible to have temperatures dip below zero.
Top of Utah drivers found the roads a lot icier, making the commute much slower.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders said all of their snowplows were out all night getting the major roadways ready for the daily commute.
However, the freezing temperatures posed a problem for many crews trying to de-ice the roads, Saunders said. When temperatures drop below zero then most of the agents used to melt ice are ineffective.
Drivers need to keep speeds low, keep a wide distance between other cars and watch out for high snowpack on the streets that could potentially be icy, Saunders said.
Some residents are finding it challenging to get on the roads at all.
Jonn Jordana, co-owner of Premium Auto in Ogden, said this is the busiest time of year for his business and his mechanics have already made dozens of house calls.
The most common problems occur when car owners don't winterize their vehicles before the cold comes, Jordana said. Aging car batteries are more likely to fail in winter as well as starting mechanisms and transmissions. Checking the battery and replacing if necessary should be a ritual before winter.
Despite the snowfall during the weekend, no snow days were called for schools. However, students at Highland Junior High in Ogden got the day off after its heating system went down, Ogden School District spokesman Zac Williams said.
The district anticipates the school will reopen for class Tuesday morning, Williams said.
The district maintains its boilers prior to winter, but the sub-zero temperatures affected a few of the interior pipes, making it necessary for the whole school to be shut down so repairs could be made, he said.
The 2nd District Court of Farmington experienced some cold-related troubles Monday morning after its heating system malfunctioned.
After crews fixed the problem, the fire sprinkler system was set off, for some reason, flooding the clerk's office, Utah State Court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said. Most of the water was cleared out and the courthouse was temporarily closed until about noon.
Residents needing to pay court fees or tickets are encouraged to go to the Bountiful and Layton courthouses instead, Volmer said.
St. Anne's Shelter normally sees a surplus of homeless in its halls during the cold months.
For the weekend, the shelter was up to 120 percent capacity with at least 20 people, including a family, sleeping on the lobby floor, shelter director Jennifer Cantor said.
Despite the lack of beds, St. Anne's doesn't turn anybody away in the winter months, Cantor said.
"What's really scary is when homeless find a place to bed down during the day when it gets cold and will stay their overnight," she said.
People are encouraged to call law enforcement if they see a homeless person they suspect is sleeping out, she said. They won't be arrested, only encouraged to stay at the shelter instead.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of any homeless dying from exposure in the past couple years, Cantor said.
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