A gripping, blustery and unusual storm battered portions of the Northwest during the middle of the week with snowy, icy conditions. The January-like storm slammed the region with an onslaught of fierce winds, disruptive snow and icy coatings to roadways and power lines.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, the arctic air that spread throughout the area early in the week set the stage for significant snow and ice.
Twelve-hour snow totals reached as high as 21 inches in Island Park, Montana, on Thursday, Nov. 13.
From Portland, Oregon, to Boise, Idaho, a wintry mix of ice and snow created havoc for drivers as roads became slick. The 1-84 corridor was one of the most impacted areas. Oregon State Police working the highway on Thursday urged drivers to avoid driving in such treacherous conditions.
Idaho state police reported over 150 crashes with numerous slide-offs related to the early damaging storm. One Idaho woman was killed Thursday evening when her car slid off the road in Jerome County.
Air travel was also delayed as winds and ice created a travel mess. In Billings, Montana, numerous inbound and outbound flights faced long delays on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Several flights to and from Denver were canceled.
Whipping winds and the additional coating of ice resulted in widespread power outages around the Portland, Oregon, area on Wednesday as nearly 5,000 customers were without power. Fallen trees and ice-covered power lines contributed to forced school closures as they were without electricity.
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