A snow-packed Utah highway will not reopen until Friday, and many drivers are being forced to wait in traffic for hours while they try to get home.
The state’s Department of Transportation is expecting a record high of more than 50 inches of snow on Interstate 15, which passes through the state.
That would be the third-highest snowfall on the highway in its nearly 60-year history, according to state data.
The department is trying to find a way to get people to and from their homes, but that could be difficult.
A snow-covered road in Utah has been closed for more than two weeks as the state struggles to get the snow off its roads and into homes.
NBC News correspondent Lauren Sivan reports.
Here are some of the stories that are getting people stuck.
The snow was a “giant surprise” for the Utah Highway Patrol, but it was the biggest snowstorm the agency has seen in years, said Sgt. Jason Schmul, a spokesman for the agency.
“We have a couple hundred vehicles stuck in the mud, and they are trying to get out,” he said.
“They’ve had no power for days, and there are lots of injuries.
Snow is falling in Utah, where a record number of people have lost power. “
Snow blankets a lot of people, and it’s difficult to get in and out of vehicles.”
Snow is falling in Utah, where a record number of people have lost power.
In some areas, power outages have been up to 100%.
The storm dumped 10 inches of rain in the area.
The heaviest snow has fallen in the Salt Lake City area, where nearly 6 inches of rainfall fell in 24 hours, according the National Weather Service.