Snowstorm raises havoc in Emery and Ferron
|This lilac bush in Ferron is buried with a heavy layer of snow.|
A spring snowstorm is not an unusual event in Emery County, but the amount of wet heavy snow that Emery County received on April 22 is unusual. The residents of most of the towns in Emery County awoke to answered prayers for moisture, but the residents of Ferron and Emery also awoke to broken trees and downed power lines from the weight of the overnight storm.
The towns of Ferron and Emery received between six and 12 inches of snow. The snow was extremely water laden and did a considerable amount of damage in the two towns. As the onset of spring was tempting the residents to consider planting their flowers, winter gave them one last hurrah.
Many trees and shrubs in the yards broke under the weight of the snow. Branches and limbs were scattered around both towns. The power went off at around 6 a.m. in Emery, followed around 8 a.m. in Ferron. It came back on a little after 4 p.m. only to go off again at 7:30 p.m. The power came on to stay at 11 p.m. Students at Ferron Elementary were released from school at 10 a.m due to the loss of electricity. San Rafael Junior High students went home at 11 a.m.
John Niebergall of Ferron, reported that Ferron received 9 inches of snow with a moisture content of 1.76 inches. Emery had an average of 12 inches of the wet snow. No injuries were reported as a result of the storm. Emery Mayor Mike Williams reported that a power pole on 200 West in Emery snapped in half from the weight of the snow.
The Northern half of Emery County also received some snow, but not in the amounts received in the Southern part. Castle Dale reported receiving one inch of snow with .65 inches of moisture.