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Boise broke a snow record Monday — but we’re a long way from the snowiest winter ever

A recent roof collapse at Partners Produce in Payette.
A recent roof collapse at Partners Produce in Payette. Rapid Aerial LLC

Sorry, Boise, this winter is about 8 to 15 inches away from being the snowiest winter ever for the city, depending on how broadly you define the season, according to the National Weather Service.

Three inches of snow were measured Monday at the Boise Airport, pushing our seasonlong snowfall to-date to a record level. So far this winter, we’ve logged 35.5 inches.

The snowfall total from Oct. 1 to Jan. 23 tops the winter of 1985-86, when total snowfall was 35.1 inches by this point.

Boise typically gets snow by November and, in some years, it has fallen as late as May, according to Weather Service senior forecaster Les Colin. The snowiest winter ever for November through May was in 1916-1917, when 50 inches fell.

For that time period, this winter currently ranks 21st snowiest.

If you look at just the core winter months, December through February, the snowiest winter ever for Boise was in 1948-49. That winter, the city got 43.3 inches.

If you look at typical snowfalls for February and March, it doesn’t appear we’ll get enough snow to top either of those records — but it’s possible. The normal snowfall for February is 2.8 inches, and the normal for March is 1.3 inches, according to NWS.

We’ve received 21.5 inches of snow this January, making it the fourth snowiest on record; it’s the most snow the city has seen this month in 80 years. The most-ever snow in a January was 27 inches in 1929, meteorologist Joel Tannenholz said.

The system that brought snow to Boise Monday morning is shifting to the south, and the snow was dwindling in the early afternoon in the Treasure Valley. Snow showers will continue in the Magic Valley through Tuesday night, NWS meteorologist Jessica Caubre said.

Boise could get some more snow this week — possibly Thursday — but it’s not expected to be much.

“It’s not going to be anything spectacular ... maybe a half inch in the mountains,” Caubre said.

An inversion is setting up again in the Treasure Valley, meaning cold air will be trapped against the Valley floor. The high on Tuesday will be about 20, and the low will be 14.

Temperatures will be very cold for the next week, with highs below freezing and lows in the teens and possibly single digits.

Road conditions Monday were treacherous in some parts of the Valley.

By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office responded to 95 crashes, including five involving injuries and seven hit-and-run crashes. There were 26 slide-offs and 24 stalled/stuck vehicles.

At about 10 a.m., a Boise firefighter was helping an unconscious man who had slipped and fallen on the ice on Shenandoah Drive when a police car began to slide backward down the hill toward the patient. The firefighter was able to pull the man out of harm’s way.

“When the police officer realized that they were sliding backward, they started honking” to warn people in the area, Boise Fire spokeswoman Tammy Barry said.

The man was taken to St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. No other information about the man was available.

Woman buried in Latah County, disaster declared in Washington County

A woman in Deary died Thursday when her home porch collapsed on top of her, according to KLEW-TV.

The snow and ice buildup on the roof was just too heavy for the roof and it gave way, Latah County Sheriff Rickie Skiles told the TV station. She was found by a family member.

The woman was identified as 76-year-old Gloria Jensen, a Latah County emergency dispatcher told the Statesman Monday.

Gov. Butch Otter declared a disaster in Washington County Monday due to the heavy snow over the past couple weeks. He attended a special meeting of the Weiser City Council on Sunday night.

Homeless shelter needs cold medicines

A Boise woman who made "Snowpocalypse" patches for those who feel like they deserve an “achievement badge” for surviving this winter said she’s sold more than 1,000 of them, though some orders have come from outside Idaho. She’s donating a portion of the proceeds from the $5 badges to local homeless shelter Interfaith Sanctuary.

Interfaith put out a call Monday for donations of over-the-county cold remedies, such as cough drops, Cold-eeze, Airborne and Emergen-C packets, to help homeless people who are suffering from colds. They’re also asking for coloring books, pencils and crayons for adult guests.

The shelter is at 1620 W River St. If you have questions, call 343-0406 or e-mail Jodi@interfaithsanctuary.org.

Update on garbage collection in Boise

The City of Boise said contractors are working through weather-related issues. They sent out an update Monday with this information:

Drivers will collect trash and recycling in carts, cans and/or bags through Friday, Jan. 27. Place items as close to streets as possible, making sure they are on the street side of snow berms. Trash left on top of snow berms or snow-covered sidewalks will not be collected.

▪  Alley service. Continue to place your trash and recycling as close to the street as possible through Friday.

▪  Plowed cul-de-sacs. Regular service will resume. If your cul-de-sac was not plowed last week and is still too dangerous to navigate, place your trash and recycling at the closest plowed street for collection.

▪  Christmas trees. They will be collected through the last week of January. Place them in visible, accessible locations.

Closures and cancellations

Afternoon kindergarten classes were optional in Boise School District, though the district said classes would still be held. Find more BSD closures here.

Boise Community Ed tweeted that all its classes were cancelled for Monday.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

Tuesday school closures*

▪  Weiser schools

▪ Nyssa schools

Closures reflect what was announced by 10 p.m. Monday

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