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Boise joined the Caldwell, Fruitland, Homedale, Middleton, Nampa, New Plymouth and Payette school districts in shuttering schools. The West Ada School District—the largest in the state—decided to reopen its schools after an extended break.
Boise Schools CLOSED today, 1/12/17 due to dangerous icy conditions on school campuses & surrounding areas. https://t.co/sG0pIPPl1b— Boise Public Schools (@BSDEducation) January 12, 2017
Thursday morning commuters dealt with much more than sub-freezing temperatures, which turned standing water into tiny ice rinks on roads and sidewalks—they also had to cope with bone-rattling potholes reported across the Treasure Valley.
The Idaho Transportation Department had to make emergency pothole repairs Wednesday on a stretch of Interstate 84 between Caldwell and Nampa. The Ada County Highway District said its crews were trying to fill potholes reported across the county, hoping to address each reported pothole within 24 hours. One heavily traveled thoroughfare—Meridian Road between Ustick and McMillan roads—was shut down through much of the day Wednesday as crews repaired a number of large potholes.
Record keepers at the NWS said the stretch of weather between Dec. 1, 2016 and Jan. 11 was the snowiest for the time period since they began tracking snow amounts in 1892.
- National Weather Service