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Snow in the forecast Tuesday, but dry days ahead

Here’s how to stay safe around a snow plow this winter

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.
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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.

The Boise area is expected to get snow on-and-off throughtout Tuesday and National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Wojcik said drivers ought to exercise caution on their commute because roads could still be slick.

About an inch of snow is expected to accumulate in Boise throughout the morning, with more snow accumulating out in Canyon County, Wojcik said.

“(Snow) should continue to spread into the valley for the next few hours anyway,” he 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.

There are winter weather advisories in Boise County and areas north of Boise, but Boise managed to be out of the way of the more intense end of the storm, he said.

But, “that doesn’t negate the potential for slick roads (in Boise),” he said. So drivers should still take it slow because snow will be making roads slick.

Tuesday’s high temperature is predicted to be 29 degrees with a predicted low of 19 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday are predicted to be dry and cold. Wednesday will see a predicted high of 29 with a low of 13, and Thursday’s high is expected to be 28 with a low of 15.

The next snowstorm is predicted for Friday evening, Wojcik said.

While an Idaho State Police officer was offering assistance to a driver who slid off the road on Interstate 84 near milepost 66 another driver almost crashed into him. No one was hurt.

The Ada County Highway District has been working long hours to clear roads, said spokesperson Nicole DuBois.

“Our crews have been in since 1:30 this morning,” she said.

ACHD works on a prioritized schedule: clearing high-traffic intersections and roads. They also focus on bridges and steeper roads initially. Today, since crews have cleared the main roads and arterials, they’re focusing on clearing secondary roads, she said.

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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