BOISE - Welcome to December. The third snow storm in a week has turned out to be the biggest.
More than eight inches fell in Boise last night and this morning, the most for any one 24-hour period since 2002. And more than 100 schools in Idaho's capital city and all over southwest Idaho told students to stay home and enjoy a snow day.
Our crews have spent the day on the road and on the phones - getting the latest on driving conditions, weather-related hazards and finding out what the kids and their parents were doing for fun on this snow day.
Sledding at Camel's Back Park
Many parents who were lucky enough to have the day off, took advantage of the great snow, and went sledding with their kids. Camel's Back Park was just one area packed with youngsters, parents, and even some BSU students celebrating the snow day. Most agreed, it's a long hike up the hill, but worth the great ride down.
The snow was more than forecasters had predicted with the National Weather Service revising its forecast late Tuesday night as the snow fell... and fell.
Idaho's Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz says that temperatures will warm up in many areas as warmer air moves into the Treasure Valley. This could cause the snow to melt in some locations. The roads could again freeze tonight. Traffic cameras
Meteorologist Larry Gebert says the 24-hour snow total will place it in the top 16 highest snow totals on record at the Boise Airport. The eight-plus inches is the most since 2002 when a similar amount fell. The record snow depth for Boise goes back more than a century - a total of 17 inches fell on Dec. 16 and 17, 1884.
Highs could rise as high as 38 degrees Wednesday, which will cause much of the snow to turn to slush. Temperatures in coming days will reach into the 40s, causing much of the snow to melt off by the weekend.
Surprisingly, all this snow is not having too much of an impact on travel at the Boise Airport. Airport officials say travelers have experienced some delays due to flight arrivals from other areas of the country affected by the weather. Getting out of Boise has not been a problem.
Ski areas get more snow
The snow continues to fall at Idaho ski resorts. Bogus Basin had seven new inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and plans to open for night skiing on Thursday and the tubing hill on Friday. Brundage gained six inches, but still has not announced an opening date. Sun Valley opened three more ski runs and more snow is falling on Mt. Baldy. Full ski report
Students are celebrating a snow day while many parents scrambled to work out logistics as every major school district across southwest Idaho decided to close its doors. More than 100 school districts canceled classes - the most in recent memory. One hearty school district - Garden Valley - remained open. Once students began arriving however, a power failure caused them to close and send students back home.
Slick roads lead to lots of crashes
Ada County Sheriff's dispatchers reported dozens of weather-related crashes between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. There were 23 non-injury crashes, 39 slide offs, 3 rollover crashes, 3 hit-and-run crashes and 42 stalled vehicles. These are all incidents that local law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies responded to, and do not include Idaho State Police calls.
Area roads were very slick from a combination of snow and ice. Several trees fell including one on Ustick Road between Maple Grove and Five Mile roads, and another in Boise's East End.
Many roads continue to be snow-covered and slick and reports of crashes and slide-offs are continuing to come in to dispatch. We urge drivers to allow themselves extra time to get where they are going, to slow down and to use extra caution. Be sure to allow plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
Typical of many school districts, Meridian School District spokesperson Eric Exline says crews got up very early to check road conditions and determined them to be unsafe. Closures began flooding into the KTVB newsroom just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Where kids go when parents have to work
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County are offering their buildings to children ages 6-18 today. The centers are open until 6 p.m. at the locations in Meridian and Garden City. Children will be served snacks and lunch.
If you are attending an event tonight, you might want to call ahead to make sure it is going on as scheduled. We have received numerous calls into our newsroom about events being canceled. Here are some of them:
- Nampa City Hall, Central Services, and the Nampa Public Library will close at 3 p.m. today due to snow.
- The Boise Elks Lodge #310 is closed and will not be having a meeting tonight.
- The Medicare presentation scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Boise School District Services Center has been canceled.
- Eagle Christian Church has canceled all programs for tonight due to the weather.