A serious windstorm has caused major issues in Idaho earlier today (beginning at 4:00 a.m.) – including tipped tractor-trailers, downed trees, power outages, and canceling St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
Reports of wind speeds reaching 60 miles per hour have been reported by the National Weather Service in Magic Valley, and 50 miles per hour near Boise.
At least two tractor-trailers were overturned on Perrine Bridge, blocking traffic on U.S. Highway 93. The Hansen Bridge was also impacted by a tractor-trailer which blew into it’s guardrails.
Blowing dust was reported to have created a zero-visibility situation on State Highway 167.
Reduced visibility was also reported to have closed I-15 between Roberts and Idaho Falls. The Idaho Transportation Department announced the closure between mile marker 119 and 135 earlier today. Traffic (northbound) is being detoured to U.S. 20 in Idaho Falls to Idaho 48 in Rigby. Southbound traffic is being redirected to Idaho 48 in Roberts to U.S. 20 in Rigby.
Authorities are encouraging commercial truck drivers with light and empty loads to stay away from exposed roadways until the wind becomes less powerful.
The wind is expected to calm down this evening – however the wind warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in place until 6:00 p.m.
No resulting injuries have been reported.
Bliss Rest Area on I-84 near mile marker 133 due to a power outage caused by the high winds.
Idaho State Journal