Overnight snow makes for slow commute in Boise

January 8, 2014 

A storm system passing through the Treasure Valley overnight from the west dropped more than 2 inches of snow at Boise Airport and about 5 inches at Bogus Basin, according to the National Weather Service and the ski area's website.

While there were some crashes and slide-offs during the early morning commute, a flurry of collisions and other snow-related problems occurred after 8 a.m. A serious two-vehicle crash was reported on Interstate 84 at the Flying Wye at 8:18 a.m., and there was a call for extrication equipment.

At 8:30 a.m., police were being dispatched to numerous crashes and slide-offs on Interstate 84 between Nampa and Boise, and on the Connector. Most were in the eastbound lanes, but there were some in the westbound lanes, too. Idaho State Patrol and Ada County dispatchers said most were just property damage crashes without serious injuries.

In a 9:45 a.m. update, the Ada County Sheriff's Office said there had been 38 noninjury crashes, 17 slide-offs and seven injury crashes within the county Wednesday morning.

Snow began falling in the Boise area at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. By 6 a.m. Wednesday there was 2.3 inches at the airport, and by the time the snow stopped between 8 and 9 a.m., many areas had received between 3 and 5 inches. (Update: The final measurement for the snowfall overnight and this morning at the airport was 2.6 inches).

Temperatures will rise to a forecast high of 36 degrees Wednesday — high enough to melt the snow — but that's not likely to happen until after 3 p.m.

Just before 7 a.m., a dispatcher in Elmore County said she was "too busy with all the slide-offs" to talk about how many or where they were. (UPDATE: At 9 a.m., an Elmore dispatcher said there were nine slide-offs and crashes, none with serious injuries).

In Canyon County, a dispatcher said there had been about five crashes and slide-offs on Idaho 95, the interstate and local roads before 7 a.m., but nothing serious. She said there were no particular trouble spots, just that the roads are snow-covered.

The early morning commute from Boise County was going smoothly, said a Boise County dispatcher. She said there were no reports of crashes or slide-offs before 6:45 a.m. She said about 4 inches of snow fell in Idaho City, and the schools are open.

Ada County Highway District officials say 3 to 5 inches of snow fell in some parts of the county, with the biggest accumulations occurring in the Foothills, Eagle and Star.

Roads were pre-treated with anti-icing agents before the snow began to fall last night, with crews focusing primarily on bridges, intersections, hills and areas near schools, according to ACHD. Plows have been spreading deicer and sand since midnight.

ACHD has about 50 trucks and other equipment deployed. Plowing is being done in the more rural parts of the county, where snow is blocking driveways and storm drains.

Despite the snow, school is in session for students and staff in the Boise and Meridian school districts.

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