Severe winter weather, snowfall and high winds, continued to make travel difficult throughout much of Idaho this week. The Idaho Transportation Department’s 511 Traveler Services system regularly indicated as many as a dozen highways, from Lewiston and Moscow to Montpelier were closed because of hazardous conditions.
ITD and the Idaho State Police encouraged motorists to avoid travel on highways that have received continual snowfall and are susceptible to high winds, blowing snow and low visibility
The Sun Valley area, while offering an abundance of snow for skiers, was virtually cut off from all outside access Friday (Feb, 8). The only highway open to travelers was from the east.
Regular highway closures reported included:
Many of the routes have been intermittently closed the past two weeks because of blowing and drifting snow. Closures and openings occur with little advance notice because of rapidly changing conditions.
Travelers are encouraged to check the 511 Traveler Services Web site (511.idaho.gov) or dial the phone system 5-1-1 for the latest closures and highway conditions. Reports are updated twice daily during the week, once each day on weekends, and anytime during the interim that conditions change.
To access the telephone system from areas near the Idaho border or from other states, motorists can call toll-free, (888) 432-7623.
Photo: A trio of snow plows work to clear Interstate 15 in District 5.