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.
The weather around Idaho has been mostly dry and has also ranged from hot to cold. Its literally a temperature roller coaster here. We came within 4-6 degrees to a frost just 4 weeks ago. We also had temps in the High 90’s just the other week. Today was a dry and warm day with lots of wind and smoke. The INL Site fire just keeps burning as the weeks go by. Skies turn Orange to Red at Sunset and the smell of smoke occasionally chokes out the clean air. That isnt keeping us Idahoans from Enjoying the dry weather tho. Camping is at its prime right now since the Nights are so cool and the days warm enough to venture out into the lake to fish or swim.
I have been doing quite a bit of fishing. Mostly at Jefferson Lake in Rigby, Idaho. Its literally 3 minutes away in the car. There are mostly 6+ inches rainbow trout. The biggest so far is only around 13 inches. It is a blast tho and the sunsets really make a great ending to the day. I have also ventured out to near Heisi Ski resort to pick huckleberries. We managed to pick over a gallon from the 2 times we went. I made huckleberry cheesecake and jam and also used it on ice cream. Talk about a treat that is amazing. The Huckleberry is a wild blueberry and has a very tart and sweet taste. They take quite a bit of time to harvest since your basically picking one at a time. If you find a good method you could harvest a lot quicker.
As far as storm chasing goes. This year has really been quite slow. I got a few severe wind events with Shelf clouds and then some lightning photos. The weather just does that sometimes. Some years are very active and others are slow. There is still about 40 days left that could bring something. Typically by the second to third week of October we will have temps in the 40-50’s and lows in the 30’s.
I did do some uploads to the Photo Gallery and hope you will enjoy them. There are 2 new Lightning events and an International Space Station flyover album with some great photos. Visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/ for the photos.
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