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Slip-Sliddin' Away: Sleet, Icy Streets and Sidewalks Close Schools Again Monday

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One day after a moist Pacific warm front pulled temperatures above freezing and sent rooftops of snow careening to the ground, Treasure Valley commuters on Monday had to endure treacherously slippy sidewalks and some ice-covered roads, particularly in west Ada and Canyon counties.

The warm-up Sunday was so rapid that officials at the National Weather Service Office said, at one point, Boise temperatures rose nearly 10 degrees in 10 minutes.
The Boise and West Ada school districts canceled classes again Monday morning, extending students' and teacher's Christmas breaks into nearly three weeks. School districts throughout southwest Idaho followed suit, also canceling classes due to the icy conditions.

Power outages plagued several southern Idaho communities, leaving thousands of residents of McCall, Emmett and New Plymouth in the dark. Other outages were reported in Boise, Gooding, Jerome and Lincoln counties.

Forecasters at the NWS office in Boise said a weak weather trough will sweep into the region Monday night, followed by another warm front on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing more above-freezing temperatures to the valleys and moderate snow to the central mountains.

Meanwhile, an urban and small stream flood advisory has been posted for northern Ada County and northeastern Canyon County, adding that flooding could hit some areas of Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton and Hidden Springs

The long-term forecast for the Treasure Valley calls for a mix of rain and snow on Wednesday and an increasing chance of snow by next weekend.

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