Storm causes big headaches for travelers in UT, AZ

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A storm dropped heavy snow along the Utah-Arizona border, stranding hundreds of Interstate 15 travelers much of the night and shutting down the airport and public bus system in St. George.
 
The Arizona Highway Patrol says about 300 vehicles were stranded on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge after up to 10 inches of snow and slick road conditions prompted the section's closure Saturday night.
 
The Spectrum of St. George reports emergency crews worked through the night to bring food and blankets to stranded motorists, and the section of the interstate between St. George and Mesquite, Nev., was reopened around noon Sunday.
 
AHP spokesman Bart Graves says numerous accidents and medical issues were reported, but there no immediate reports of serious injuries.
 
The National Weather Service says St. George received 6 inches of snow, helping to make it one of the snowiest Decembers there in more than a century.