Friday, March 22, 2013

This Is Spring?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

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Treasure Valley commuters woke up Friday morning to sub-freezing temperatures, a new blanket of snow and a forecast for more of the same.

The Idaho State Police blocked off Interstate 84 from the Eisenman Road Exit 59 all the way east to the West Mountain Home Exit 90 after a series of crashes and slide-offs between Boise and Mountain Home.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said the long-range forecast for the Pacific Northwest calls for a colder-than-normal spring, while much of the rest of the nation will feel warmer temperatures and persistent drought.

"This outlook reminds us of the climate diversity and weather extremes we experience in North America, where one state prepares for flooding while neighboring states are parched, with no drought relief in sight," said Laura Furgione, National Weather Service deputy director. "We produce this outlook to help communities prepare for what's likely to come in the next few months and minimize weather's impacts on lives and livelihoods."

The three-month U.S. spring outlook covers the months of April through June.

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