A winter storm blew in Wednesday afternoon, blanketing the Treasure Valley in more snow.
The National Weather Service expects the storm to continue through early Thursday morning. There were 1.5 inches of snow at the Boise Airport shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday.
We could get up to six inches in the Treasure Valley this week, the weather service says.
There were 64 crashes and 13 slide-offs so far during the storm in Ada County alone, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Two of those crashes caused injuries.
Plow drivers in Nampa will work 12-hour shifts during this storm, according to a news release from the City of Nampa.
Residential streets are lowest priority, the release said. But if Nampa gets at least 6 inches of new snow during the storm, the city will look for contractors to help plow residential areas as well — except for some dead-end streets and culs-de-sac.
The city got hundreds of complaints about blocked driveways when it hired contractors to plow the more than 12 inches of snow from residential streets a week ago, the release said.
Many school districts in the Treasure Valley had decided to cancel school Thursday by 9 p.m. Wednesday. Several others were still considering whether to open.
Here is the National Weather Service’s local forecast:
Wednesday afternoon: Rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain. High near 34. Southeast wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Wednesday night: Snow before midnight, then rain and snow. Low around 34. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Thursday: Snow before noon, then rain and snow likely. High near 36. Southeast wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday night: A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 24. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. East wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 26. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.