Eastern Idaho receives several inches of snow on Sunday, Monday

Jordon Beesley/Idaho State Journal Abigail Schmidtlein, an assistant teacher at Morningside Montessori School, plays in the snow with some of her students Monday afternoon at Caldwell Park in Pocatello. Several inches of snow fell in Eastern Idaho between Sunday and Monday.

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Abigail Schmidtlein, an assistant teacher at Morningside Montessori School, plays in the snow with some of her students Monday afternoon at Caldwell Park in Pocatello. Several inches of snow fell in Eastern Idaho between Sunday and Monday.

By Kendra Evensen, kevensen@journalnet.com

One of the biggest snowstorms of the season dropped several inches of snow in Eastern Idaho on Sunday and Monday and played a role in numerous slide-offs and crashes. And National Weather Service officials say the white flakes could be here to stay for awhile.

They’re not expecting much more precipitation this week. There’s a slight chance Island Park could see some snow on Wednesday, but even that’s not that likely.

Bob Survick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Pocatello, said temperatures will remain fairly cold. Pocatello’s temperature highs are expected to stay in the 30s this week.

“(It will) not be warming up very much,” Survick said, adding that there won’t likely be much snow melt in the days ahead.

Some areas saw several inches of snow between Sunday and Monday.

Survick said they received a report of 6 inches of snow near Ashton, and 4 inches two miles east of Pocatello. There was a report of 3 inches of snow west of Soda Springs, as well as 3 inches in Swan Valley. Chubbuck received 2.5 inches.

Some of the higher elevations got even more snow. Wild Horse Divide, located in the Bannock County area, got roughly 9 inches of snow, Survick said, while Howell Canyon, located near Albion, received 10.5 inches.

Area law enforcement agencies reported numerous slide-offs and crashes between Sunday and Monday.

Idaho State Police District 5, which is based in Pocatello, responded to roughly 25 slide-offs and about 15 crashes. And the District 6 office, located in Idaho Falls, responded to only one slide-off and two crashes in their area.

There were at least 21 crashes and slide-offs in the Bingham County area, according to officials there.

Chubbuck police hadn’t responded to any weather-related incidents by Monday afternoon, aside from a stuck vehicle. But they will likely see more incidents in the months ahead.

Chubbuck police Capt. Bill Guiberson is reminding drivers to be careful on the roads as the snow continues to fall this season.

He says drivers should check their vehicle’s tires to ensure they have plenty of tread. In addition, he encourages drivers to give themselves extra time to reach their destinations, leave more room between their car and the one in front of them, and, especially, to exercise more patience behind the wheel.

“(When people) get in a hurry and conditions are less than ideal, that’s when wrecks start happening,” Guiberson said.