Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Storm Grips Southern Idaho

Sunday afternoon storm in Boise, Putnam photo

Idaho Hammered By First Major Winter Storm

Boise--A steady snow has snarled traffic across southern Idaho slowing interstate traffic on I-84 to a crawl. The National Weather Service tracked the storm all day and says the snowfall will continue throughout the night and into morning.

According to the latest forecast at least 4-8 more inches of snow is expected in the Valleys before a break in the clouds. A winter storm warning was issued until morning; the warning means heavy and blowing snow in the Treasure Valley, Owyhee and Boise Basin Mountains, as well as the Camas Prarie and most of the Magic Valley to the east.

Forecasters say the central mountains could get a foot to 20 inches of new snow during this period with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour.

Thus far, McCall has 9 inches of new snow, Bogus Basin has six inches and Boise reported 3 inches of snow and snowfall continues.

The storm has kept emergency responders busy across Idaho with numerous slideoffs from Payette to Elmore County to Twin Falls County and beyond, too many to count according to one dispatcher. A light snow started falling around just after 10 p.m. Saturday but didn't amount to much until just after 9-am and it has not let up.

Dispathers report that roads are deceptively slick and urge people to limit travel to emergency trips only.

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