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Back to reality, temperatures dropping to near averages over weekend

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For a while now, the weather pattern has certainly felt much more like early spring than the middle of winter. Temperature readings have been closer to what late March or April should feel like in the Treasure Valley. Heading into the weekend this pattern changes as a series of dry cold fronts are expected to move through over the next 48-hours. Temperatures will drop to the low 50's on Friday and into the mid 40's on Saturday across the Treasure Valley. Chances of precipitation are very limited, just a slight chance of snow showers in the higher elevations in the West Central Mountains through Saturday morning.

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Our best chance at seeing any moisture in the valley will be Sunday night into Monday morning, but even then our chances aren't great. Current model trends suggest different outcomes with next week's storm system. The GFS(American Model) shows the storm system splitting as it comes into the Pacific Northwest, suggesting that the storm will weaken and the chance of seeing any showers will be very slim. The ECMWF(European Model), pictured on the bottom, suggests a more intact system that will bring a possibility of snow showers late Sunday night into Monday morning. If our storm system follows the European Model trend, little to no accumulation is expected but at least it's a chance of seeing snow return to the valleys.

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On Friday, expect breezy conditions along the Treasure Valley with winds anywhere from 10-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph. The winds will be strongest in the afternoon hours and diminish overnight. Breezy winds are anticipated to return again on Saturday behind the passage of a dry cold front. Temperatures will be in the mid-40's on Saturday but will likely feel much colder because of the wind.

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For more on the latest forecast click here.



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