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Treasure Valley roads could be slick; some schools canceled Friday

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 snow that began falling about 1 a.m. Friday will make for a slick and snowy morning commute.

Boise got about 1.5 inches of snow overnight and could get up to 2 inches by the time the latest storm tapers off, according to Katy Branham, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boise. The NWS has issued winter weather advisory until 11 a.m.

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.

“Most of the snow will fall before and during the morning commute,” Branham said.

By 8:30 a.m., 15 slide-offs had been reported on roads around the Treasure Valley, according to Ada County dispatchers. A power pole was hit on eastbound Interstate 84, but it was not blocking traffic, dispatchers said.

The Idaho State Police were investigating a rollover wreck on Eagle Road, south of the Interstate 84 overpass at Meridian. A motorist slid off the road and his vehicle overturned. He was not injured, ISP said.

West Ada schools will be in session today, according to a release from the district, but some schools in the Valley, including Nampa and Caldwell, have closed. See the full list below.

The Treasure Valley will see some of the coldest temperatures of the year Friday night as cold air settles over Southwest Idaho, Branham said. Temperatures will drop to between 2 and 5 degrees Friday night. Parts of the Valley could be below zero. But it could be worse: Temperatures in parts of the Central Mountains could flirt with temperatures near minus-30 degrees.

Here is the latest information on school, road and other closures in the Treasure Valley. [Updated at 7:31 a.m.]

School closures

▪ Bruneau-Grand View School District

▪ Caldwell School District

▪ Gem Prep Charter

▪ Kuna School District

▪ Idaho Arts Charter School

▪ Falcon Ridge Charter

▪ Legacy Charter

▪ Liberty Charter

▪ Middleton School District

▪ Nampa School District

▪ Nampa Christian

▪ Vallivue School District

▪ Victory Charter

▪ Vision Charter

▪ Wilder

Report a school closure at 208-377-6227 or newsroom@idahostatesman.com.

Roads

▪ Check the Ada County Highway District cameras for current conditions.

▪ Check here for statewide road conditions.

Boise Airport

Most flights were coming and going on schedule at 7 a.m. Friday. Check here to see your flight’s status.

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.

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