Flights to and from Spokane, Wash., were redirected or canceled at the Boise Airport Tuesday morning as a nasty storm hit the eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle, triggering one commercial airliner to slide off the Spokane runway.
emergency vehicles were initially unable to get to the crippled plane because the conditions were too icy. Ultimately, Spokane International Airport officials had to dig out a ladder to help passengers climb out of the rear of the plane.
Meanwhile, Spokane's problem quickly became a problem for other regional airports. In Boise, Delta and Alaska airlines had already been redirected or canceled some departing flights
originally bound for Spokane. An inbound Southwest Airlines flight from Spokane had already been canceled, as well.
Travelers are being asked to check with their airlines for updated information.
In the Treasure Valley, the National Weather Service Office in Boise reported
patches of freezing fog just before dawn, with an increasing chance of a rain/snow mix expected through the day and into the evening. The forecast calls for a good chance of precipitation through much of the rest of the week.