It still looks good for snow next week!
With the high pressure locked in place across much of the state, the temperatures are going to remain very cold for the next few days. In fact, we had frigid temperatures last night in Stanley where the lows hit -21 degrees. If you think that is cold, Fairfield dropped to -27 degrees. This is what happens when we have clear skies, dry air and no wind. The cold air goes to the lowest spot it can find and settles there like concrete.
So what we need is a storm! Indeed, the computer models are again indicating the high pressure will give way to an approaching series of storms commencing around the first of next week. While it’s too early to get too specific, it looks like we will see increasing clouds on Sunday with a chance of snow Monday and again around Wednesday. The pattern could stay active beyond that time frame.
With the pattern we currently have, the temps will get colder and colder. When storms move in, the associated fronts help to stir the atmosphere. That breaks up the cold air trapped at the surface. So, if you want warmer temperatures, you’ll want a high frequency of storms. As long as the storms put snow on the mountains then that is a great thing for Idaho.