Boise got served up with a regular-old snow storm overnight and while it is making for some pretty slow going on the morning commute, it hasnt caused much disruption.
Schools are all open. There is no coating of fresh ice over everything. The temperatures didnt go down below 0. Nope. It was just a regular storm, which dropped about 3.5 inches of snow on the Boise area by 7 a.m., according to National Weather Service reports.
The temperature only got down to 31 degrees overnight, so the snow pretty much stayed snow, although Ada County dispatchers say that secondary and neighborhood streets were very slick. The Idaho State Police reported a few slideoffs on Interstate 84, especially by the Flying Wye on the 184 Connector, but said most drivers were taking it slow and staying on the road.
Canyon County only got a trace of snow, but drivers in Nampa and Caldwell had their share of slide-off crashes during the morning commute, dispatchers said.
The weather has caused disruptions for Valley Ride bus routes, some of which were running behind Tuesday morning.
One cool effect of the storm was how the snow attached to trees all over Boise. The trees were wet, the snow was wet, and it got just cold enough to attach the snow to limbs and branches.
"It looks like a Christmas card out there," National Weather Service meteorologist Joel Tannenholz said.
By 7:30 a.m., it was 32 degrees in the Boise area and the National Weather Service cancelled the winter storm warning, which was supposed to be in effect until 11 a.m.
That means the snow is pretty much over for today, although it is expected to get windy this afternoon, with gusts in the 25-to-30 mph range, according to the National Weather Service. The estimated high temperature for the Boise area Tuesday is 37 degrees, which means a lot of the snow on the road should melt and turn to slush by this afternoon.
There might be a random snow shower, or possibly even some rain, through the afternoon into early Tuesday evening. The overnight low is expected to be about 26 degrees.
There is a 30 percent chance of snow Wednesday, but after that, expect partly sunny skies and clear nights through the weekend, with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s, and overnight lows in the 20s.
Forecasters said Tuesday morning's storm might dump as much as a foot of snow in Bogus Basin. Unfortunately for winter recreationists, it looks like the ski hill got less snow than the valley floor with only two inches of new accumulation overnight.