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Another record broken: This is now biggest November snowfall on record

At 3 p.m., the National Weather Service reports that Boise’s snowfall total for the storm reached 7.6 inches – a new November record. That surpassed the previous record snowfall for Boise in November of 7.4 inches in 1935.

Snowstorm now third-highest on record for November, back to 1892…

The National Weather Service reports that the 6.5-inch snowfall total in Boise now ranks as the third-highest in November on record – going back to 1892. The highest was 7.4 inches in 1935; followed by 6.8 inches in 1995. UPDATE: We hit 6.8 inches at 1 p.m., so this storm is now tied for second-highest snowfall in November. Another: At 2 p.m., the total was up to 7.3 inches.

Snow day: Record snowstorm blankets valley, closes schools

This is a lot of snow for Boise – a lot. Yesterday’s official 3.3 inches broke the record for the date of 2.3 inches set in 1947; plenty more has fallen since then, and schools are closed across the valley. There’s more than 6 inches here in the Boise foothills; Bogus Basin so far has gotten just under 4 inches. Ada County Sheriff’s dispatch reported 237 weather-related slide-offs and crashes yesterday; this morning, as of 9 a.m. it had responded to another 44 weather-related crashes, five with injuries, and four slide-offs since midnight. KBOI Radio has a list of school closures here.

According to the National Weather Service, the official snowfall total for Boise reached 5.6 inches at 9:20 this morning, and it’s still snowing hard. Lowman has received 14 inches. A winter storm warning is in effect until 2 p.m.; the forecast calls for rain and snow with a chance of freezing rain, and temperatures rising to 35 to 40 later today, with the chance of precipitation near 100 percent. Tonight’s forecast is mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers in the evening and temperatures falling into the teens.

Snow update: 9” new at Bogus so far…

Snow update: Bogus Basin has gotten 9 inches of new snow, for a base of 12 inches and a summit depth of 16 inches. There's no announcement yet as to a possible opening for the local, non-profit ski resort that's gone dry so far this year, but one could come tonight during the “Get Louder for Powder” party on the Basque Block in downtown Boise; mountain supporters are being asked to wear ski clothes and goggles to the 5-8 p.m. bash of live music, food, beer and wine. It's still snowing in Boise, too; there's about 3 inches of wet snow on the ground outside the state Capitol. And at noon, Brundage Mountain at McCall reported 15 inches of new snow since 5 p.m. yesterday, 24 inches in the last 24 hours.

Seasons change…

I was out of town the first part of this week, and caught something special Wednesday morning: The year's first snowfall at Lake Tahoe, shown here. After our warm, summery September, the season really is changing now, as Boise's chilly rain today attests. It must be time…

It’s a snow day in Boise…

Boise schools are closed for a snow day today, with the school district reporting that “the significant amount of snow that fell during the day and evening of November 30 and into the morning hours of December 1 have made for dangerous traveling conditions for school buses and also for students, parents and District staff members.” The district made the call to cancel school at 4:30 a.m. today. The last snow day for Boise schools was Jan. 30, 2008, but that time the district made the call the night before in anticipation of snow and cold, only to have little fall; it’s been years since the last closure before that. This time, it’s for real, and kids can rejoice: Boise has at least 6 inches of snow, judging by the snowfall at my house, and it’s still falling.

Bogus Basin has 8 inches of new powder and it’s still snowing there; they open at 10 a.m.

Snow day in Boise…

It snowed all day yesterday in Boise without sticking, but today’s a different story, as the city awoke to a fluffy white blanket of snow a couple of inches thick. It’s the first driveway-shoveling day of the season, and for schoolkids, it’s time for snowman-building - Boise School District kids are out of school the whole week for Thanksgiving this year, thanks to budget cuts. Meanwhile, police have reported more than 100 traffic accidents across the state since Sunday due to winter driving conditions; be careful out there.

Cold snap on the way…

The Treasure Valley shimmered under a winter sunrise this morning, as seen here from Bogus Basin Road. But despite today’s sunny skies, a cold snap is on the way. The wind chill is expected to drop to zero overnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service, and on Friday morning, it’ll hit 10 below in the early morning. The photo at the left is the ice on my car window this morning.

Be careful out there…

It’s been snowing like mad on and off all morning in Boise, and some roads are slick. But here’s the odd thing: It’s sunny up at Bogus Basin, our local ski resort, which still doesn’t have enough snow to open. That’s not how it’s supposed to work!

A snowy day in the foothills…

Awoke this morning to three inches of fluffy new snow, arousing excitement in this household about possible skiing soon. However, we soon learned it was a localized phenomenon - Bogus Basin, where it’s 1 degree this morning, got only half an inch, and most locations around the city got less than an inch, though it was enough to cause a flurry of weather-related accidents during the morning commute. Here in the Boise foothills, it’s a snowy scene, enough to require shoveling - or, possibly, creativity: It’s so light and fluffy that one neighbor has brought out his leaf-blower to clear some of the snow from his driveway.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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