Grab the Shovel and the Sled; Snow Storm Tangles Traffic, Cancels Classes


UPDATE: November 14 10 a.m.

Idaho State Police report that the westbound lanes of I-84 at milepost 201 have now been reopened to traffic.

The investigation continues into the accident involving several commercial vehicles near the Kasota Road exit.

UPDATE: November 14 9:50 a.m.

Idaho State Police reported at 9:45 a.m. that a multi-vehicle accident, involving several commercial trucks has completely blocked both westbound lanes of the I-84 near the Kasota Road exit (milepost 201).

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and take and alternate route.

ORIGINAL POST: November 14 9 a.m.

Treasure Valley residents woke up Friday to quickly acknowledge that Thursday was a dream (or nightmare) and the first major snowstorm of the season still had plenty of muscle left.

Plows and trucks from the Ada County Highway District continued to work throughout the night in an effort to ease the already-challenging morning commute. But slide-offs were reported throughout the region with several accidents resulting in significant damage. ACHD crews pre-treated many of the county's major routes before the snow began to fall Nov. 13, but many sections reported up to four inches of snow by sundown with larger accumulations in the Boise Foothills, Eagle and Star. 

But the traffic headaches were drowned out by the cheers of more than a few school children who woke Friday morning to the news that many of the region's schools were closed for the day—including the Boise Independent School District. More than 100 public and private schools decided to give in to the snow and cancel classes, including Bishop Kelly High, Boise School District, Boise State University (classes are canceled until noon), Buhl, Caldwell, The College of Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, Emmett, Filer, Giraffe Laugh, Hagerman, Idaho State University at Meridian, Jerome, Kuna, Middleton, Nampa, New Plymouth, Parma, Payette, Twin Falls, University of Idaho Boise Campus, Vallivue, West Ada (Meridian) and Wilder. 

Additionally, Ada County officials say the inclement weather will delay trash and recycling services. In some areas, service will resume as soon as roads are clear and safe, but residents should be alerted that trash and recycling services scheduled for Friday may be delayed until Saturday, Nov. 15.