BOISE-- I-84 from Mountain Home to Boise has completely reopened after Thursday's ice storm forced state officials to close the freeway shortly after 3 a.m.
State transportation officials were forced to close an 88-mile stretch of freeway from Boise to Bliss due to hazardous conditions that caused dozens of accidents and stranded vehicles on the freeway.
The freeway was first closed from Boise to Mountain Home early Thursday morning. The closure was then extended to Bliss, Idaho shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Ada County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Andrea Dearden reported four crashes with injuries as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
Dearden reported 37 crashes and slide offs without injury Thursday morning in Ada County.
Meridian truck driver Steve Robert spoke to KTVB just before 5 a.m. Robert said he'd been stranded on eastbound I-84 southeast of Mountain Home since just after 3 a.m.
Roberts said Thursday's road conditions were the worst he's seen in 30 years of driving.
Due to the icy conditions, traffic on Interstate 84 in Boise and Meridian moved painfully slow throughout the morning commute.
The icy roads also caused more than 30 school closures in the Treasure Valley Thursday. Notably, Boise and Meridian schools did not close.
The icy conditions caused other road closures and problems Thursday including:
- Several delays and cancellations at the Boise Airport.
- Maple Grove Road was briefly closed from Emerald Road to Fairview Avenue.
- A group of truckers was reportedly stuck on I-84 when it closed after 3 a.m. and ISP says it's currently unknown how many are stranded due to the road closure.
- A school bus slid-off the near Lake Hazel Road and Eagle Road.
- A small power outage affected customers near the GowenRoad area, along with I-84 to Orchard Street around 7 a.m.
- The outage briefly affected the traffic light near the overpass at Broadway and I-84.
Idaho State Police dispatchers are urging drivers to be extremely careful when traveling Thursday morning.
KTVBweathercaster Brian Holmes says the freezing rain and snow could continue throughout the morning, tapering off by noon. KTVB's forecast calls for 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Boise Mountains, with temperatures hovering just above freezing.