Idaho January 05, 2017
Snowmageddon Slams Idaho With Record Snowfall And Frigid Temps
If you’re reading this, I hope you’re tucked underneath the warmest blanket you have with a cup of hot cocoa in hand because Snowmageddon has taken over Idaho! This week the Gem State has seen historically freezing temperatures and snow depth that makes us feel chilly just speaking about it. The storm primarily pummeled the southwestern part of our state, and you won’t believe these numbers.
Over the past several days the city of Boise has not only become blanketed in snow, but has also experienced unbelievably frigid temperatures.
Drone footage captured on Wednesday by
on YouTube showcases how Idaho has become completely covered in snow. Since Wednesday, Treasure Valley Schools have remained closed, with school buses seen getting stuck in the streets as they originally tried to make their way through the snow.
As of this morning, the
National Weather Service had measured a historic total of 15 inches of snow on the ground at Boise Airport.
Before the current Snowmageddon hit Idaho, the previous snow depth record was 13 inches. That record was set back on December 30, 1983 and December 2, 1985. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeanne Allen stated that Idaho has seen steady "measurable snow depth" since December 15th, 2016.
Another chilly record that was broken this week? On Wednesday the most snow ever recorded on January 4th happened.
On January 4th we were hit with a total of 6.5 inches of new snow, surpassing the previous record of 3.2 inches that was set back in 1951! Even crazier? The historic snowfall reached a ranking of 15th for the heaviest one-day snowfalls for this area since 1892.
But if you thought the snow was bad? Then maybe you should check a thermometer...
This morning the city of Stanley got a freezing wakeup call when residents saw temperatures of -39 degrees, eventually hitting -42 degrees just hours later. But if you're planning on holding out for warmer weather? Don't get too excited. After the snow is expected to stop, Idaho will see further freezing temperatures on Friday. Areas like the city of Fairfield are expected to see temperatures of -28 degrees, with areas surrounding Boise expected to get hit with -10 degree weather.
Yesterday morning, Boise's County Sheriff's Office saw tons of cars slide off of the road, 105 to be exact.
Wednesday morning 124 vehicles were stalled or stuck in snow, while 73 crashes took place, nine of which had injuries involved. This morning things eased up as only 12 slide offs were reported, as well as 34 stalled or stuck vehicles and 6 crashes, none of which resulted in any injuries.
Also to be noted? The city of Boise is currently offering free parking in six of their downtown garages in an effort to keep cars off of the streets to keep up with snow removal.
Another concern residents will now have to face? Possible flooding that could potentially be devastating to the southwestern part of the state.
Officials have been quick to remind residents that back in 1997 the state experienced similar weather conditions that led to serious flooding. With temperatures expected to rise on Sunday, the Idaho Office of Emergency Management says that they've upped their awareness level due to just how likely we are to see flooding.
As of right now, the Snake River and American Falls Reservoir are at the highest risk for flooding. Those living in the surrounding areas are urged to keep emergency kits in both their homes and cars.
Has this tremendous amount of snow affected your area of Idaho? Share your own Snowmageddon photos with us and let us know how you’re surviving these harsh winter conditions!