Wednesday, December 26, 2012

'Twas the Day After Christmas And All Through the Valley: What a Mess

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

The good news is that with schools closed and many people taking vacation time, the roadways around the Treasure Valley are less congested. The bad news is that the driving is particularly treacherous for those who have to drive.

More than a half-dozen accidents filled Wednesday's pre-dawn commute in the Treasure Valley, including a couple of bad pile-ups in downtown Boise that required ambulances to respond to the scene. One crash tangled traffic at the always-busy intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Front Street in the heart of Boise.

Slush, icy patches and black ice are reported throughout southwest Idaho, including most of the stretch of Idaho Highway 55 between Boise and McCall.

Imogene Robinson, 73, of Nampa was killed Christmas night when her car spun out on icy conditions on the westbound lane of Interstate 84 near milepost 37 in Nampa. Her car slid sideways and was struck by another vehicle. The incident remains under investigation by Idaho State Police.

The National Weather Service office in Boise posted a winter weather advisory for the remainder of Wednesday morning with additional snow showers creating slick driving conditions throughout the region.

The long-range forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies in Boise for the remainder of the week with partly sunny skies expected on Saturday, Sunday and New Year's Eve day. Daytime highs should be in the mid 30s and overnight lows will be near 20 degrees.

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