Storms hammer West

| 1/29/2008

Several interstates were shut down yesterday or Monday night – but were open again Tuesday morning – as winter storms brought high winds and as much as 30 inches of snow to parts of the West.

The Associated Press reported that Interstate 84 in Oregon, I-70 in Colorado, and northbound I-15 in Utah were closed for various lengths of time.

The I-15 closure near Payson, UT, was caused by a series of wrecks involving a dozen semis and about 30 other vehicles on a snow-covered highway with low visibility. At least 18 people were injured.

In Coeur d’Alene, ID, 20 inches of snow fell. The San Juan mountains in Colorado had 30 inches of snow and wind gusts of 100 miles per hour.