Western Weather

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 10:32am

A winter storm hitting the West Coast produces heavy snow from Arizona to the Dakotas.

The winter storm hitting the western states has produced heavy snow from Arizona to the Dakotas. The storm has created havoc in many locations and emotional pain as well. A snowboarder and a snowmobiler have been killed in the heavy weather.

For two days, search teams braved near white out conditions looking for a missing snowboarder near Lake Tahoe.

Today, the search came to a tragic end when the body of Shawnte Willis was discovered in a tree well.

Capt. Jeffrey Ausnow of the Placer County Sheriff's Office says "the weather did not cooperate at all, the weather fought us every step of the way."

Heavy winds the big problem in southern California, gusts up to 60 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines.

Resident Andrew Matlock says "we heard the wind blowing real, real hard and all of a sudden we heard a big crash."

The storm dumped heavy snow in Arizona, 180 miles of I-40 closed with plows out near Flagstaff. And would you believe snow in Phoenix? Seeing is believing.

In Utah, ice and a heightened avalanche threat forced road closures including I-15, a major highway.

More treacherous driving conditions in North Dakota. A 100-car pile-up shut down I-94.

The system moving east, with strong storms in the forecast for the Midwest on New Year’s Eve.

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