Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Snow Tangles Treasure Valley Commute

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The snow started falling in the Treasure Valley shortly after 10 p.m. Jan. 7. By sunrise, a number of communities around the region reported as much as 5 inches of snow had fallen.

A rash of collisions marked the morning commute, including a bad two-car crash on Interstate 84 near the Flying Wye at approximately 8:30 a.m. Another injury crash was reported near the Flying Wye near Franklin Road around 7 a.m.

Compass Charter School in Meridian was the only school in the region that reported a two-hour delay of classes. While scores of school buses crawled through the pre-dawn mess, classes were reported to be on time at the majority of Boise and Meridian schools.

Ada County Highway District crews worked throughout the night and morning with 50 pieces of equipment spraying de-icer, sand, or both.

"We've got all of our plows out, and the (road) graders," said ACHD supervisor Clint Heckenlively early this morning. "It's still snowing and we're at 28 degrees. We want to make sure what's open stays open. The way it's snowing, it's going to drop another inch."

Sand and salt were being used around intersections, on bridges, overpasses and hills to provide some extra traction.

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