Looks like the NWS Pocatello is working on there next update. Already a few blizzard warnings for portions of Eastern Idaho. I am guessing that most of Eastern Idaho will eventually be headlined for a Blizzard. Expecting Blizzard warnings to be posted through out the day and evening.
Currently there is blowing and drifting snow around the region. Making for a ton of work and hassle for road crews and buisness’s as well as local residences. Unfortunately we havent seen nothing yet. Heavy snow bands will be moving thru Eastern Idaho and will eventually dump anywhere from 5-10 inches of fresh snow.
Schools were canceled Today and I also expect the same for Tomorrow. There is still quite a bit of slide offs occuring today from slick snow covered roads. IF you dont have to travel, stay home. Its your best bet to keep safe.
A Major winter storm is expected to impact Eastern Idaho with 5-10 Inches of snow along with winds of 15-30mph and stronger. This will cause white out conditions and drifting of snow which could close many local Highways and the interstate.
Today we received close to 5 inches and there was a large amount of Slide off’s. There was so much in Bonneville County that Emergency officials asked the public to stay off the roads. Road crews are having a hard time cleaning up the roads and with snow packed roads already the situation will only get worse.
This is a Dangerous situation. With heavy amounts of snow predicted combined with 15-30mph winds we could see some major snow drifts that will no doubt cause road closures and problems through out the entire region. Please bring a winter kit with you if you must travel. Plan ahead so that you can allow more time to get to your destination and be prepared for very slippery roads.
Visit NWS Pocatello at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pih/ to see the latest discussions as well as Watches/Warnings and Advisories.
Well, it is Sunday and the Snow is falling yet again in Idaho. Another 2-5 inches is expected thru Monday. There is another storm on tap for Tuesday and this one looks like a Big storm. Not only will the storm have the potential for more snow accumulation but it will also have strong winds with arctic temperatures that could possibly create blizzard like conditions. Without doubt there will be drifting and blowing snow that will create tons of hazards on the roads. It is something to keep an eye on.
After the Tuesday storm a High pressure will kick in with arctic temperatures. Our high on Thanksgiving will only be 10F degrees. It is going to be extremely cold.
Visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pih/ to see the current Watches/Warnings and Advisories for Eastern Idaho.
A Winter WX advisory was issued for the Snake Plain. We could see anywhere from 2-5 inches. Possibly more if temperatures remain at the freezing level. Currently it is about 34 degrees and the Precipation is slowly filling into the Snake Plain. Im thinking sometime tomorrow morning we could see the beginning of the precipitation and it should last well into Saturday night or even Sunday.
Monday into Tuesday an Arctic air mass will invade our area and drop our highs down to the 20’s with negative readings for lows in the Mountains. It is going to be a very cold Thanksgiving. Possibly even snowy. The pattern looks like it will pretty much continue through the week and bring in storm after storm with continued snow and frigid temperatures.
After reading the local NWS Pocatello’s forecast, it appears that Eastern Idaho will be experiencing some strong winds, rain and then snow and then very cold temperatures. I strong upper Low is poised to slowly move Southward into Idaho starting today. Winds are already occuring in the 10-15mph range with higher gusts. Rain should start sometime after midnight and eventually change to snow. It is unclear how much snow will accumulate of the valley floor. Higher elevations such as the Central Mountains and Highlands could receive up to 2 feet. This is a pretty decent storm and I do think we could see anywhere from 1-4 inches by Sunday. Hopefully you already have your snow tires on and ice scrapers in your car/truck. I say Ice because by Monday/Tuesday a surge of arctic air will have already moved over Idaho and would drop our highs down to the 20’s. Be ready for very cold temperatures and the chance for black ice and snow covered roads.
Hopefully Thanksgiving will be a dry day. I am planning to fry a Turkey and can only do so outside away from cars and structures. Crossing my fingers for now.
Wanted to let you guys know I recorded 2 videos today of the Brief Blizzard that hit the Rigby,Id area. Youll see I added some annotations and double guessed my initial Estimates, turns out my estimates were dead on. The snow really did not accumulate because of the wind, but it was heavy and the winds were fierce. Enjoy the videos.
Slight chance for thunderstorms on this day. I started the timelapse at 7am and went till 8pm. Minor convection occured while the cold front moved into Eastern Idaho as you can see. Currently at 9pm there is scattered showers. Thunderstorm Potential Rises for the 22nd here and will be doing another video. Stay Tuned.
There was a better chance for thunderstorms today. I woke up around 10am and started the Camera. Went outside to see tons of cloud cover and figured the chances were slim to none. Ended up getting a thunderstorm around 12pm with very tiny hail. Some were almost 1/4 inch thick. The storm passed to the Northeast and then heavy showers came in and then the rain turned to snow. The snow was heavy and accumulated close to a half inch within 30 minutes. The snow ended around 1-2pm and then just became mostly cloudy. Currently at 9pm there is a mix of rain and snow and accumulations could reach 1-3 inches of snow overnight into tommorow morning.
Depending on where you are in the Northwest will determine if your getting snow or not. No matter what type of precipitation is occuring, there has been alot of it. Here in Southeastern Idaho it has been snowing for 4 consecutive days now. Snow totals for my immediate area is close to 7 inches while the Higher elevations are seeing close to several feet. The big part of the story is the icy and snow packed roads which are plauging most of Idaho and keeping road crews working 24/7 trying to keep highways and local roads in operation. There have been many reported slide offs and from experience the Highways arent too bad, yet the non highway roads are a complete mess which makes a usual 15 minute trip turn into a half hour or longer trip. I highly recommend slowing down and keeping as much distance as you can from the car in front of you.
On a good note, the snow has really made the Holidays come to life. With Holiday music playing and no matter where you are, the joy is in the air. The stores are busy providing the last minute shopper with great gift ideas and Tree lots are on every corner with decorations galore. The local neighborhoods have there lights shining bright with chaser strings of lights and Santa and Snowmen blow ups bringing that pleasent Holiday spirit to all that pass by. After all, it is the Holidays…
So you said you want a White Christmas huh? Even if you didn’t your in store for some major snow in the coming hours, days and weeks. Three to five inches are expected Friday Morning and This Sunday into next week looks to have another Decent storm targeting the Northwest for even more Heavy snow and winds. I must say that this year thus far is looking like an above average Winter. The funny thing is that Winter hasn’t even started yet. Can you imagine 3 more months of this? No matter the type of weather you prefer, the snowcast is looking deep and plentiful and all Skiers and snowboarders alike will no doubt mark this Winter season as Perfect. The powder is dry and deep and the arctic air responsible for this isnt leaving anytime soon.
Expect a Winter Weather advisory for the Snake river plain and possible Winter storm watches and warnings for the Highlands and Mountains. Also expect the roads to only get worse as the days go on and plan to leave earlier than you usually would to allow enough time to travel slower and safer. I will update as much as I can throughout this series of storms. Have a Happy Holiday and come by again to see and hear the latest.
Here are a few videos I did of the December 13th 2008 Snowstorm. The first two are 5 minute videos and the third is a timelapse video. Enjoy…