Storms Clobber Western US

Rescuers search for three missing snowmobilers in Colorado
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 1:55 PM CST
Chris Cottrell uses his snow-blower to remove the snow from his driveway in front of his house in Crested Butte, Colo. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Fresh from inundating California with rain, a big storm system is dumping massive amounts of snow on the Western US. Three snowmobilers are missing in Colorado, the Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency, and northern Idaho is staggering under about 20 inches of snow, reports the AP. "They got clobbered," says one meteorologist.

Hundreds of car wrecks dot roads across Utah and Idaho, and the Snowbird ski resprt in Utah closed because of the elevated danger of avalanches. The Navajos are concerned that melting snow will cause dangerous flooding on their lands in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. "Protecting life, limb and property is always our first priority," says the nation's president.