Rain, snow, gusty winds, chilly temps just to name a few.
A strong cold front will plow into the Treasure Valley early Thursday morning. Yes, there will be some rain, even a chance of snow but don’t let that concern you. The precipitation will not be the most memorable aspect of this storm. What you’ll say by the end of the day is, man, that was windy!
There is a chance of a rain/snow mix just prior to the morning commute. Don’t worry, we’re not expecting any accumulation. By 9am, the front will be east of us. We’ll see some scattered showers every now and then though the day. But, the pressure gradient behind this front is wicked! That means there is a lot of air that will be pushing this front through Western Idaho. The end result is we’ll see very windy conditions through much of the day. We’re talking 30-40 mph winds out of the northwest. The farther east you go, the greater the wind. Between Mountain Home and Twin Falls the wind could reach 50+ mph. This will be a concern for high profile vehicles on the I-84 and loose trash cans left on the street. A High Wind Warning has been issued by the Weather Service from Ada County eastward to southeast Idaho and the Utah border.
Here’s another aspect of this front that will get your attention…the temperatures will drop into the upper 40’s for daytime highs. The combination of those temps along the gusty winds will make it feel like a chilly day. Have your jackets handy.
By Friday, high pressure will move across the region. This will bring sunny skies and mild temperatures in the upper 50’s. Saturday looks pretty nice and mild. Then, we’ll see more storms move into Idaho again late Sunday and Monday.