Thousands lose power, schools closed and delayed, roads impacted as winter weather slams Cache Valley

A file photo from the webcam of USU's Old Main as heavy snow fell Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, 2021

LOGAN — Heavy snowfall overnight has knocked out power to thousands, and cancelled or delayed the start of schools Tuesday morning. The early winter storm has also caused multiple traffic accidents and slide offs.

After announcing classes would be delayed for two hours, Logan City School Superintendent ‎Frank Schofield‎ explained that all schools would remain closed because of power outages from the weather. A make-up day will be scheduled and patrons will be notified once that is finalized.

The Cache County School District announced Ridgeline, Spring Creek, Mountainside and Wellsville is also closed for the day. All other county schools are on a two-hour delay for now. District officials are determining whether or not to close Mountainside, Millville, River Heights, and Wellsville.

Downed trees in Logan from heavy snow Tuesday morning.

USU Police Capt. Kent Harris said the Logan campus is closed until at least noon today because of the severe weather. Morning classes were canceled. Classrooms and offices are expected to open at 12 p.m.

Harris explained the university continued to have electricity but multiple trees and limbs were still falling throughout campus. The falling limbs were posing a substantial danger, prompting the campus closure while crews begin the cleanup.

Morning kindergarten and preschool classes will be cancelled today for Logan and Cache County schools. Afternoon kindergarten and preschool will follow their normal schedule at their usual times.

USU also notified students and faculty to avoid reporting to school until 9 a.m. due to the “severe weather and fallen trees.”

Bridgerland Technical College reports classes are being held as normal.

The snow has wreaked havoc for power crews. Rocky Mountain Power reports over 8,400 have been without electricity. Logan City Power reports over 6,500 outages.

Most of the outages have occurred because of broken tree limbs that have taken down power lines and blown transformers. Both utilities report all crews are out and working on the issues. They advise customers to stay away from any down power lines.

Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen advised citizens that if they have property damage from the storm to take pictures of it and contact their insurance company. Police officers are busy responding to safety issues and are not able to respond to property damage calls.

Law enforcement have also reported multiple traffic incidents. Any malfunctioning traffic lights should be treated as four-way stops. There have also been tree branches that have fallen into the road and motorists should drive cautiously.

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