Icy roads lead to lots of crashes, slide-offs, closures

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Icy roads lead to lots of crashes, slide-offs, closures

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 5:25 PM

BOISE -- Snow accumulated throughout the day on Monday, creating dangerous driving conditions throughout southern Idaho.

Traffic accidents

Throughout the morning and afternoon, Idaho State Police responded to several slide-offs and crashes on Interstate 84 stretching from just west of Caldwell to the rest stop east of Boise.

Several crashes slowed traffic this afternoon in both the east and westbound lanes of I-84 between the Flying Wye and Nampa.

Check the latest traffic conditions before heading out.

There have been no injuries to report on the interstate, but a couple of crashes east of Boise this morning slowed traffic. A GMC pickup was westbound near mile post 61, when the driver lost control on the icy highway and the truck rolled over. That was around 9:50 a.m.

In Boise, police responded around 9:20 a.m. to crash between two small pickups at the intersection of Orchard Street and Fairview Avenue. Ada County dispatch says at least one person was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

The evening commute was extremely slow, with the westbound connector nearly at a stand-still around 5 p.m. Plows went through the area by 6 p.m., and traffic began moving again.

Ada County dispatchers reported a total of 30 car crashes between noon and 8 p.m. (does not include Idaho State Police numbers), with four of those crashes causing injuries. Seventeen slide-offs were also reported.

Forecast

Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz says scattered snow showers tonight with temperatures below freezing tonight will cause difficult driving conditions Tuesday until mid-day when we warm up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. The forecast high in Boise is 39 degrees on Tuesday and 41 degrees on Wednesday.

De-icing, sanding, and plows

The Idaho Transportation Department has crews out across southern and northern Idaho as the snow continues to fall. Spokesman Reed Hollinshead says crews started this morning in Idaho City and Lowman. The focus has now shifted to keep Interstate 84 and other heavily-traveled roads like Eagle Road and Chinden Boulevard as clear as possible.

Snow plows, de-icing trucks and and sanders are working to keep the roads as safe as possible. They have been covering roads near the Boise Airport, Mountain Home, Emmett, Weiser and Caldwell, according to Hollinshead. He says keep the interstate safe for travel is their top priority.

Closures

We have also received our first snow-related school closures of the season. Stevens-Henager College is canceling Monday night classes at its Boise and Nampa sites due to the weather. The Boise School District and Carrington College have also canceled night classes tonight.

Fresco Arts Academy will be closed Tuesday.

Click here for a complete closures list

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