The good news is that the Treasure Valley briefly escaped the frigid grip of the inversion that has paralyzed the region of late. The horrible news is that after a brief sprinkling of snow showers, another freeze settled into the region early today, sheathing everything in a thick layer of ice.
Highways, city streets, driveways and sidewalks resembled ice rinks this morning as the ice storm shut down a stretch of Interstate 84 between Broadway Avenue and Glenns Ferry and resulted in school closures throughout the area. However, Boise and Meridian schools opted to remain open this morning. But due to the conditions, a good many students were out of class at the opening bell.
The ice storm also caused a power outage near Gowen Road and Orchard Street, knocking out traffic signals, and caused multiple accidents throughout the region.
The freezing rain is expected to abate by 11 a.m., but winter driving conditions will persist throughout the day.
The long range forecast calls for areas of fog for Friday, mostly cloudy skies for Saturday and Sunday, and a chance of snow showers through the upcoming weekend.