More than 6,000 homes went without power for Mother's Day

SOUTHERN UTAH (ABC 4 Utah) – Many adjusted Mother’s Day plans, Sunday, because more than 6,000 homes had power outages.

"I was going to make dinner at the house for the family, and we ended up having to find out an alternative solution to that because we didn't have any power or anything," said Jared Barnes, a resident of Cedar City.  

Homes throughout Iron, Washington, Garfield, and Beaver counties had power outages today.

"We woke up this morning to 8 or 9 inches of real wet, heavy snow here in Cedar City," said Barnes. 

Slush covered the roads and drivers played it safe.

"I know a lot of church services were cancelled today," said Barnes. 

Many expressed concern over their plants and gardens.

"We lost a lot of trees around town, with the leaves already on the trees," said Barnes.

Utah Highway Patrol officers say they also saw the effects of the weather, especially on Interstate 15.

"We had some people stuck, we had some people slide off, we had a couple semis roll over, and of course, that just causes more residual backup. It's pretty much stop and go back there," explained Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Since then, snowfall has eased up a little, but the storm warning will stay in effect till 10 P.M. Sunday night.  UHP officers say that if you can help it, avoid travelling south today.

"If you must go down that way, make sure that your car is in good shape--your tires have enough tread on them, that they've got significant air pressure.  Make sure your heater is working well.  Have some extra things on-hand, just in case you get stuck in traffic," warned Sgt. Lucas. 

Rocky Mountain Power updates their website every half an hour. For a list of how many homes remain without power, click on the following link:

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