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Latest storm delivers big snow to an area that has missed out so far this winter

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It's been awhile since Sun Valley has been the 'big winner' of a snow storm (as far as snow totals are concerned).

So far this winter, storms tracking in from the northwest (when they've come) have more so benefited our West Central and Boise mountains, leaving Sun Valley a bit behind on the snow scale. However, this latest system (which, for the record, came in from the southwest) finally put the bullseye right over the South Central mountain range.

Sun Valley's ski area picked up 19" of snow Thursday into early Friday, and some residents in Hailey reported that about 18" of snow had fallen there as well. Areas north of Sun Valley saw the biggest hit from Thursday's storm, with upwards of 24" of snow in many spots.

Because of this, avalanche danger in the state's mountains is very high this weekend, especially in areas where heavy snow is falling on top of a weak snowpack. | See this link for more information.

Also, as of Friday morning, ITD has shut down a portion of Highway 75 because of heavy snow on and near the road. Please be aware that roads could be snow covered and icy through the weekends, and that avalanche danger is high.

If you're heading to the mountains this weekend, enjoy...but be careful! Scattered snow showers could continue across the high terrain through Sunday, but a drier pattern does look to take over next week.



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