Winter Weather Leads to Bad Driving Conditions


By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - A Blizzard Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory earlier on Friday, caused schools across our area to cancel.

Although all those are expired now, the commute for many wasn't pleasant.

Winter weather is upon us...

"very icy. Very windy and very cold,” said Nicolas Perrine, Braving the cold.

And for drivers that means bad driving conditions.

"From here to Boise, they're not too bad. Just slick in a few spots. Gotta watch for the drifts,” said Ron Winters, Driving safely.

"Pretty crazy. My truck hasn't been doing good. It's been slipping and sliding everywhere,” said Stephanie Gram, Twin Falls.

Slipping and sliding which is why law enforcement is out patrolling.

"Conditions are probably some of the worst we've seen all year, wind and snow blowing. People are driving too fast for the conditions," said Sgt. Dan Thom, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.

The biggest problem: drifting snow. Law enforcement is seeing it the most on the back county roads.

"The North and South roads. The drifts have been blowing over them up to three feet deep. One deputy saw one 10 feet deep at the airport,” said Sgt. Thom.

To keep those drifts off the roads, the Twin Falls' Streets Department is busy.

"It hasn't been much fun so far. Guys started at three this morning and sanded and plowed. Quite a bit of the stuff they plowed early this morning, blew back in behind them. So we're doing it again," said Dean Littler, Superintendent, Twin Falls Streets Department.

As a reminder, when you're driving during winter weather conditions like these, slow down and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

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