Treasure Valley Wakes Up To Freezing Rain

Jan 29, 2014

Ice accumulated on a tree on the Boise State University campus.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Police in southwestern Idaho are asking drivers to slow down and buckle up this morning as drivers are headed to work amid freezing rain.

The precipitation began falling overnight.  At 7:30 a.m., radar showed a line of precipitation over Interstate 84 from the Idaho-Oregon state line to an area east of Twin Falls. Slick roads are being blamed for several accidents and slide-offs in the region.

Just before 8 a.m., the temperature at the Boise airport climbed to 32 degrees. The National Weather Service says that's the highest reading there in 12 days. Highs in the Boise area are expected to reach nearly 40 degrees Wednesday.

Boise, Meridian, Caldwell and Nampa schools have not made any announcements regarding school closures. But schools in Marsing, Parma and Homedale are closed. Mountain Home schools are operating on a 2 hour delay.

Meanwhile, snow is falling in the mountains. Up to a foot of new snow could fall at Bogus Basin. The ski area has lost substantial snow the last two weeks as the temperature inversion has created sunny and unseasonably warm conditions. At times, temperatures have climbed into the 50s.

In the Treasure Valley, forecasters say rain will continue falling Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  But they expect cloud cover to help keep temperatures above freezing.  

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