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ACHD: Crews working 'around the clock' as winter weather slams Treasure Valley

In all, the department is sending 64 trucks out to spread salt, sand or de-icer, with 46 plows currently working to clear the roads.
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File image of a snow plow on a city street.

BOISE, Idaho — The Ada County Highway District says its crews have been working practically non-stop since Friday morning to clear snow off the roadways. 

The Treasure Valley has experienced major snowfall, thanks to a storm that rolled in bringing snow, sleet, and rain. A rain and snow mix is expected to continue Tuesday and later in the week.

ACHD said Monday that crews have been out treating roads since 2 a.m., and will work to clear drains to prevent flooding as rising temperatures melt the existing snow.

The outer areas of the county - particularly to the north and west - have been hit hardest by the most recent precipitation, officials say, leading the agency to double up on the number of operators on those routes. 

In all, the department is sending 64 trucks out to spread salt, sand or de-icer, with 46 plows currently working to clear the roads. ACHD currently has more than 175,000 gallons of magnesium chloride and 5,000 tons of salt on hand. 

Drivers are urged to slow down in inclement weather and leave plenty of room to stop when conditions are icy or wet. In addition, drivers should not pass a snowplow on the road.