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Weekend storms will bring a mixed bag of weather

Photo courtesy George Nelson

We enjoyed some amazing sunshine on this Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the weather will change quickly Friday and then stay unsettled Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All this courtesy of a pair of low pressure systems that will move through Idaho. I’m talking about snow, possible thunderstorms and lots of snow for the mountains! Here’s how it will likely pan out.

FRIDAY: Look for increasing clouds throughout the day. We’ll see highs in the upper 30’s. The winds could increase out of the southeast ahead of the approaching front. The best chance for showers will start in the late afternoon across eastern Oregon and the mountains north and south of the Treasure Valley. Any precipitation will likely be snow.

SATURDAY: We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with snow showers in the valley and snow which could be heavy at times in the mountains. There is even a chance of some thunderstorms Saturday afternoon as the second, strong low moves into the Gem State.

SUNDAY: Look for periods of snow in the valley with snow, heavy at times in the mountains.

MONDAY: Cold and unstable air could generate a few snow showers or flurries across the state. Temperatures will remain cold and it could get windy as the second low moves away.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: As usual, the mountains will get the most. Keep in mind, these numbers are preliminary. But, by Sundays, the higher elevations could see up to 18” of snow. Possibly more. The Treasure Valley could see between 2-5”. The Lower Treasure Valley could see more. Please note that Winter Storm Watches could change over to Warnings at any time. Regardless, it is likely that we’ll see winter driving conditions in the higher elevations this weekend. Even the valley floor could see snow accumulating on the highways as well. We’ll be watching.

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