Snow gives Bogus Basin belated holiday gift

Daytime highs in the Valley should climb above freezing for the next few days.

jsowell@idahostatesman.comJanuary 9, 2014 

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Bogus Basin opened its Superior lift for the first time Wednesday after the ski resort received 5 inches of new snow.

The added snow covered up some icy stretches with packed powder, ski patrol member Tom Harshfield said. Conditions were good early Wednesday evening.

“People are having a good time,” Harshfield said. “I’m looking out at the Deer Point Lift and every chair is filled with one or two people.”

Below in the Valley, Thursday morning’s commute to work and school should bring a lot less slipping and sliding on area roads than the previous day’s.

The National Weather Service in Boise predicted a mixture of rain and snow overnight, with the temperature hovering around 32 degrees.

“There might still be some patchiness (from snow) but we’re not going to have a hard freeze,” said NWS meteorologist Dave Decker.

The temperature in Boise climbed to the mid-30s Wednesday afternoon, melting some of the 3 to 5 inches of snow that fell late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Motorists slogged through watery ice and snow in some areas but coasted on bare pavement in others.

If the temperature does dip below freezing and water on roads freezes, that could make for hazardous driving conditions Thursday morning. Motorists should slow down and allow themselves extra time to get where they’re going.

Fifty-seven wrecks were reported in Ada County between 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and noon on Wednesday, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. In seven of those accidents, someone was injured.

Extrication equipment was required at one Tuesday morning wreck on Interstate 84 at the Flying Wye.

In addition, there were 22 calls where someone had run off the road.

In Canyon County, there were 48 accidents reported, including 22 in Nampa and six in Caldwell. Elmore County reported nine crashes and vehicles sliding off the road.

Overall, the situation was better than a couple of weeks ago, when 2 1/2 inches of snow fell the night of Dec. 20. Ada County reported 140 weather-related accidents that evening through the next afternoon, including 16 wrecks involving injuries.

Despite the snow, Boise Airport did not report any cancellations or delays, airport spokeswoman Patti Miller said.

The Ada County Highway District had crews out sanding roads and applying deicer Wednesday. They took similar steps ahead of the storm for roads, bridges, hills and areas near schools.

Thursday’s high is expected to reach 38 degrees. Little snow accumulation is expected.

There’s a 20 percent chance of snow after 11 p.m., according to forecasts late Wednesday. Overnight lows are expected to be around 28 degrees.

A slight chance of snow is possible before 11 a.m. Friday, followed by the possibility of rain or snow. It should be cloudy with a high near 39 degrees.

John Sowell: 377-6423, Twitter: @IDS_Sowell. The Statesman’s Katy Moeller contributed.

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