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Numerous crashes, traffic woes Thursday, but Friday’s commute should be better

What the 2016-17 winter could look like in the U.S.

Above-average temperatures are expected this winter in the southern part of the United States, the Rockies and Hawaii as well as western and northern Alaska and northern New England. Some areas will see below-average temperatures.
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Above-average temperatures are expected this winter in the southern part of the United States, the Rockies and Hawaii as well as western and northern Alaska and northern New England. Some areas will see below-average temperatures.

The Valley's second bout of snowfall slowed evening rush-hour traffic to a crawl and sparked many crashes Thursday, but conditions are expected to improve for the morning commute Friday, the National Weather Service reports.

It was fairly dry overnight Thursday, but parts of the Treasure Valley could get snow or freezing rain Friday morning, according to meteorologist Dave Groenert at the National Weather Service in Boise. Temperatures likely won’t get above freezing until Friday afternoon, when there will be a chance of rain. Interstate 84 and other major routes are expected to be mostly clear, but secondary roads could still present challenges for drivers.

The good news: The cold weather should ease up Saturday, with temperatures in the low-40s.

In this 2013 video, the Boise School District explains the process behind whether to cancel classes in bad weather.

And wherever you're driving Friday morning, local law enforcement agencies urge caution and patience.

Numerous community activities were canceled Thursday evening, and the College of Western Idaho ended classes at 4 p.m. Decisions whether to close local schools will generally be made in the early morning hours, so check back to Idahostatesman.com in the morning for the latest information. The Boise School District is leaving activity schedules to the discretion of school principals. Get information about that here.

Winter driving conditions are tough for anyone, especially snow plow drivers. The Idaho Transportation Department has these tips for coexisting with snow plows while you're on the road this winter.

Snow canceled basketball games throughout the Treasure Valley. Read the full list of cancellations here.

Through 10 p.m. Thursday, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reported 66 crashes, including eight with injuries, plus nine slide-offs and two hit-and-runs. Idaho State Police responded to 16 crashes and 23 slide-offs on Interstate 84 in the Treasure Valley, a dispatcher said.

Snowfall that began in the late-morning was causing slide-offs and crashes on Interstate 84 by mid-afternoon. The west side of the Treasure Valley appeared to be faring better than the east side. The interstate is especially slick between Orchard Street in Boise and Glenns Ferry in Elmore County, emergency dispatchers said.

This video from the Montana Highway Patrol shows dash-cam footage of a series of crashes that occurred during a blizzard on Dec. 28, 2014 near Missoula. It was released to the public to encourage drivers use caution and slow down.

“It’s looking like people are finally slowing down,” an Idaho State Police dispatcher said at about 3:15 p.m.

Flurries in the Boise area began at about 10:30 a.m., and it really picked up about noon. An estimated half inch fell at the Boise Airport by 2:30 p.m.

The Boise area was under a winter weather advisory until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Both Thursday’s high and low were expected to be close to 30 degrees. Friday will be warmer with a predicted high around 40 and a low around 35 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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