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The Nation : Snowfall Blankets Western Mountains

January 19, 1988

A storm dumped up to 2 feet of snow in the mountains of the West, with drifts up to 4 feet reported in southern Utah. Duck Creek, Utah, reported 26 inches of snow, and Monticello, Utah, got 24 inches. Durango, Colo, got 18.8 and Flagstaff, Ariz., got 17. Snow kept students from reaching class in some rural areas outside Flagstaff and in parts of southwestern Colorado and central Utah. Schools closed at Durango for the first time in 20 years because of snow. Dense fog kept airliners from landing or taking off at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport during the morning, and one person was killed when a twin-engine business plane crashed in dense fog near Houston's Hobby Airport, authorities said. Six more of the eight on board were injured, one critically.

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