Snowfall snarls traffic, impacts evening activities

Posted at 4:14 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 19:08:09-05

The snow that has been falling in the Treasure Valley since before noon Thursday has sent law enforcement agencies scrambling and prompting a number of schools and school district to adjust their evening activities schedules.

On Your Side Chief Meteorologist Scott Dorval says one to three inches of snow have accumulated on the Valley floor so far, with more snow showers expected Thursday evening. Freezing rain is also expected overnight, he said.

As of about 4 p.m., deputies in Ada County handled a total of 37 crashes, five of which involved injuries. They also handled two slide-offs and one hit-and run.

In Canyon County, as of about 4 p.m., Sheriff’s Office deputies have handled fifteen non-injury crashes and one slide off so far. Caldwell Police have handled five non-injury crashes and one injury crash. And Middleton Police officers have handled at least one injury crash.

Those numbers are expected to increase as more drivers hit the streets and highways this evening.

The snow has also prompted a number of area schools and districts to readjust their evening activities schedules.

In the Boise School District:
--Music and theater programs may still be held at the discretion of the principal. 
--Junior high and high school athletic practices and games involving only Boise District teams will be held as scheduled.
--High school athletic events involving other districts may be canceled, depending upon the decision of the particular district. 
--Other school activities such as parent involvement nights, etc. may be held at the discretion of the principal

At the College of Western Idaho, classes and office buildings closed at 4 p.m., due to poor weather. Buildings will remain open until 5:30 p.m.

In the Kuna School District, all evening activities have been canceled.

Classes are expected to resume and offices will open Friday morning, officials said.

At the Stevens-Henager College, evening classes are optional for the evening students tonight due to the weather conditions. Students are encouraged to contact their instructors if they choose not to attend.