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UPDATE: Heavy Snow/Rain/Ice Triggers Damage at Some Schools, Cancels Classes Again

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UPDATE: January 10, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Idaho State Police report that standing water had accumulated through much of the day on Interstate 84 and was blocking both the left and right-side lanes of the westbound I84 Tuesday afternoon. ISP said the center lane was relatively clear but the side lanes were blocked by water.

Making matters more challenging, ISP was investigating a crash on the westbound I84 between Meridian and 10 Mile roads. ORIGINAL POST: January 10, 2017 8 a.m.

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The nonstop deluge of snow, rain and/or ice rinsed and repeated Tuesday morning as an additional three to five inches of snow was reported in some parts of the Treasure Valley, once again canceling classes for most of the region's school districts.

In a pre-dawn message to students, parents and teachers, Boise School District officials said they would close schools Tuesday "due to new snowfall causing dangerous travel conditions, especially on neighborhood streets and continued dangerous conditions of icy neighborhood streets, sidewalks, parking lots and weather-related damage to numerous buildings."
The snow/rain mix has triggered roof leaks at several Boise school buildings, including Les Bois Junior High and Adams, Amity, Liberty, Pierce Park, Roosevelt, Whitney and White Pine elementary schools. Some minor flooding was also reported at Boise High School and Maple Grove and Shadow Hills elementary schools. Borah High School is dealing with frozen pipes and Trail Wind Elementary School suffered burst pipes, causing some water damage.

Some businesses—including the Weiser Lanes bowling alley and a Les Schwab Tire Center in Ontario, Ore.—saw their roofs collapse under the weight of accumulated snow.

West-bound commuters didn't fare well either early Tuesday, when a crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 brought traffic to a stand-still near the Eagle exit.

Forecasters said Boise should expect more heavy snowfall, with a rain/snow mix falling throughout the day on Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday. A winter storm warning remains in effect for areas north and east of the Treasure Valley until 5 p.m. on Wednesday as an additional five to 12 inches of snow is expected in Boise and West Central Mountains.

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