Storm forces closure of eastern Idaho schools, interstate

Posted at 10:53 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 12:53:35-05

POCATELLO, Idaho — A major snowstorm forced the closure of dozens of schools across Eastern Idaho Monday morning and prompted transportation officials to shut down part of Interstate 84.

The Idaho Transportation Department closed Interstate 84 between Interstate 86 and the Utah border -- and the National Weather Service issued alerts warning motorists that conditions on Interstate 15 and Highway 20 north of Idaho Falls were very dangerous.

The storm began dropping snow on Spencer and Island Park Sunday morning, before spreading across eastern Idaho. The National Weather Service said the storm would likely continue dumping snow on the region through Monday night.

Six on Your Side’s Chief Meteorologist Scott Dorval said, “An arctic blast turned the relatively mild weather into a deep freeze with snow and blowing snow in eastern Idaho.”

Several school districts in the region cancelled classes on Monday, including schools in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, American Falls, Preston and Sugar-Salem.

(photo courtesy: Idaho Transportation Dept.)