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You won’t believe how cold it got on the drive to McCall this morning

The temperature reading dipped into the negative-30s on my drive to McCall this morning.
The temperature reading dipped into the negative-30s on my drive to McCall this morning. Chadd Cripe

I’m driving to Brundage Mountain near McCall today to do a snowmobile story for the Jan. 17 edition of Playing Outdoors.

As I reached the north end of the Payette River canyon about 9 a.m., I looked at the temperature reading in my car and saw that it was minus-28 degrees. A few minutes later, after I left the canyon, the temperature reading dropped to as low as minus-32 degrees.

I don’t know how accurate the temperature gauge on my car is, but the weather app on my phone was recording minus-20 at that time.

The good news: The road from Boise to McCall was almost completely clear — much better than what I experienced driving across Boise. And it was a beautiful, sunny morning.

Looking for ideas to enjoy the snow this weekend? Check out these stories:

▪ Snowshoe in Foothills.

▪ Ski for free!

▪ Learn to cross country ski.

▪ Go fishing (but stay off city ponds).

▪ Try tubing at Eagle Island.

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