'Tumble-Mageddon' Hits Utah Town

A wild number of tumbleweeds blew in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2024 2:00 AM CST

As a storm blew through Utah Saturday, it blew thousands of tumbleweeds through the streets of parts of Salt Lake County. Residents woke up to front yards full of tumbleweeds, cars covered in them, roads blocked by them, some piles reaching as high as 10 feet. "Luckily, it's something we can handle," the communications manager for South Jordan, one of the towns hit with the strange phenomenon, tells KSL-TV. "This is not our first tumble-mageddon." Residents, however, say past events have not been nearly this intense. City crews were working to clear the tumbleweeds, reports ABC 4; backhoes, garbage trucks, and dumpsters were involved.

Eagle Mountain was also hit with a massive number of tumbleweeds, and in South Jordan, snow arrived soon after the tumbleweeds. Elsewhere in the state, the storm brought wind damage, downed trees, hazardous roads, damaged infrastructure, and other issues; it also shut down ski lifts at some resorts. (More strange stuff stories.)

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