UPDATE: I-15 open in Malad; other roads closed
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Story originally published 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, updated at 3 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.
IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Transportation Department has closed down several regional highways due to falling and blowing snow or whiteout conditions.
I-15 is now open in both directions at the Malad Summit. The following highways were closed as of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday:
- U.S. Highway 20 from 3 miles west of Idaho Falls to 19 miles east of Butte City.
- U.S. 20 from Ashton to the Montana state line.
- Idaho Highway 87 from the junction with U.S. 20 to the Montana state line.
- Idaho Highway 32 between Ashton and Tetonia.
- Idaho Highway 33 between Newdale and Tetonia.
- Idaho Highway 34 from Soda Springs to the Wyoming state line.
- Idaho Highway 47 from Ashton to Warm River.
Nearly the entire state is currently under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory. Eastern Idaho is no exception.
The following counties are under the winter storm warning: Clark, Fremont, Teton, Caribou, Bannock, Oneida, Power, Franklin, Bear Lake, eastern Bonneville and eastern Bingham. Between 8 and 12 inches of snow is expected in these areas, with wind gusts between 40 to 50 mph. Depending on the area, the warning will expire late Wednesday or early Thursday.
The rest of eastern Idaho is under a winter weather advisory, including the following counties: Jefferson, Madison, Bonneville, Bingham, Butte and Custer. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow is expected in the region with winds gusting between 30 to 40 mph. The advisory expires on Thursday morning.