Treasure Valley snow is on the way out

Thursday night’s slight accumulation causes traffic woes and closes many schools Friday.

krodine@idahostatesman.comFebruary 8, 2014 

With a couple of inches of snow on the ground Friday morning and 2 more inches expected by early Saturday, many Treasure Valley residents got their fill of snow.

Which is probably a good thing, since precipitation through the rest of the weekend is expected to be rain.

Water contributed mightily to the winter morning mayhem Friday when a water line broke near the West ParkCenter bridge, flooding the roadway and fouling the northbound commute for many area residents.

The water line was repaired Friday, but restoring the pavement will take until Monday or later, the Ada County Highway District said. Northbound ParkCenter Boulevard will remain closed at the bridge until repairs are completed, which could take a few days. Traffic is being diverted west on Beacon Street to Broadway Avenue and then north to Park Boulevard.

The break is at the base of the bridge near the intersection of Park Boulevard, Clearwater Lane and Front Street.

Only an inch or two of snow covered the ground in Boise on Friday morning, but it was enough to close Boise’s and Meridian’s public school systems. Many other schools also shuttered for the day.

The thickest accumulation was reported about 5 miles northwest of Boise, where a weather spotter measured 2.4 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist David Groenert said. The most reported in Canyon County was an inch and a half northwest of Caldwell, he said.

On Ada County roads, the first half of Friday was slick and hazardous. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office reported that between midnight and 1:30 p.m. there were three slide-offs, 17 non-injury crashes, one injury crash and eight hit-and-runs on county roads.

Fewer problems were reported in Canyon County. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office didn’t keep a tally of such incidents, but a dispatcher estimated that there were five slide-offs or accidents, none involving injuries, since midnight on county roads.

Temperatures warmed to 35 degrees Friday afternoon, and a warming trend will continue over the next few days, with expected highs in the upper 30s or low 40s Saturday through Tuesday. After some snow early Saturday, rain is expected to dominate the weather Saturday night and Sunday, with a lessening chance of precipitation as the week continues.

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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