Winter Weather Closes Schools In Eastern Idaho Today


By Paul Johnson

Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Some areas in the gem state are reporting hazardous winter conditions today while the notorious “Avalanche Alley” has re-opened, for now.
Thanks to snow and bad roads, many Eastern Idaho Schools were closed today including the Idaho State University Idaho Falls Campus. Other schools to close included Ririe, Shelley, Firth, Bonneville, Idaho Falls, Snake River, Jefferson County, Fremont, Taylors Crossing Charter, White Pine Charter School and the Monticello Montessori Charter School.
Meanwhile, the 12-mile stretch of Idaho 21 between the Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit reopened Sunday, Jan. 27 as the risk of avalanche has diminished according to the ITD.
This was the third closure of this section of road this winter.
During avalanche season last year, there were eight closures between Nov. 1 and March 31, totaling 21.5 days. A total of 50 slides tumbled down on the highway during that time.
The notorious "Avalanche Alley" section between the Grandjean Junction turnoff and Banner Summit is home to about 60 avalanche chutes and 90 percent of the avalanches in the state that affect highways.

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