SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Idaho Transportation Department has closed a number of south-central Idaho highways Wednesday due to blowing and drifting snow.
State Highway 20/U.S. Highway 93 is closed from Carey to Arco, as well as State Highway 46 from Gooding to Fairfield. Public Information Officer Nathan Jerke said they anticipated opening the highways back up this evening if the wind dies down.
Wednesday evening, Blaine County announced on Facebook West Magic Road between Shoshone and Bellevue was closed because of blowing and drifting snow. The road is slated to reopen sometime Thursday.
Earlier in the day, ITD closed Highway 75 near Galena summit and highways north of Stanley.
In the valleys, the transportation department has also received reports of water across roadways and has been working to put out signage to warn drivers. Some parts even include areas of Interstate 84 and Interstate 86.
“Slow down if you see it and if you see signage slow down before crossing anybody or water on the roadways,” Jerke said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the city of Twin Falls said Cheney Drive from Washington Street North to North College Road was closed due to flooding and excessive water on the roadway. The city said stormwater retention basins in the area were full causing the water to rise. Crews are pumping the excess water into a nearby irrigation canal.
For the latest highway report, visit 511.idaho.gov.
U.S. Highway 93 between Jackpot and Wells, Nev., was closed for a few hours Wednesday, due to blowing and drifting snow, causing whiteout conditions. The Nevada Department of Transportation said the road is closed in both directions. It was reopened with an Adverse Driving Weather Condition warning.