BOISE, Idaho (CBS 2) — I was out sick Monday and so I missed the chance to rave about the tremendous amount of snowfall that was brought to parts of the region over the weekend.
The weekend storm system was a tough one to pinpoint as many of the computer models were struggling throughout the week on how it was going to impact the state. In the end, the storm did what most models hadn't projected, and that was move directly over the region as opposed to sliding far to the southwest and bringing just a chance of snow.
As you've probably noticed, the storm system favored Ada County and the Boise Mountains, in addition to the southern highland areas of the state. Areas in the Boise Mountains saw a foot of snowfall and even parts of Boise picked up 6 inches. We've even heard reports from Bogus Basin personnel that they received 28 inches of new snow over the course of the last snowstorm.
This is a remarkable start to the winter season for many locations and, after a drier year last year, we hope it keeps up.
The extent of snowfall was impressive if you look at MODIS satellite imagery from December 3, 2018. The bright blue seen on the map shows the snow coverage over the region. Most of our southern water basins saw dismal amounts of moisture last season but, at least for now, are in pretty good shape. That being said, nearly all of winter still lies ahead and much could change from this point. Peak snowpack usually isn't observed until April 1.
Our current weather pattern has turned quiet and cold for now, but computer models are hinting at more activity early next week. Stay tuned!