Watch: Torrent of tumbleweeds sweeps through Utah

Towns in Utah have been hit by a torrent of tumbleweeds that surrounded houses and buried cars after a strong storm.

Video footage shows high winds blowing thousands of plants through South Jordan, which lies south of the state capital Salt Lake City, and nearby Eagle Mountain.

The weeds formed a 10ft barrier in some places, blocking the doors and windows of homes.

Residents used garden tools such as spades and hoes to remove the plants before waste disposal vehicles arrived to clear the debris.

‘Not our first tumble-mageddon’

“Luckily, it’s something we can handle,” said Rachel Van Cleave, a local government official in South Jordan. “This is not our first tumble-mageddon.”

Strong winds of more than 65mph knocked over trees and damaged roads throughout Utah over the weekend.

“We’ve had a few tumbleweeds but nothing like this,” John Young, a resident, told KSL TV. “It’s absolutely crazy.”

South Jordan was hit with snow only hours after the tumbleweeds swept through the town as the arrival of a cold front continued the severe weather.

But the snow was felt much worse in northern California, where blizzard conditions forced roads to close and residents to suffer power outages.

Ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada mountains even closed because of the high winds.