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THIRD SNOWSTORM OF WEEK HITTING EAST IDAHO

December 27, 2018

For the third time this week and second time in less than 24 hours East Idaho is forecast to be hit by a snowstorm.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for much of the region regarding the storm that’s forecast to barrel through East Idaho late Wednesday night through late Thursday night.

Motorists should expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility in much of East Idaho during the storm and conditions could be very slick on Interstates 15, 84 and 86. The Thursday morning commute could be especially hazardous, the weather service reported.

The storm is expected to drop up to 2 inches of snow late Wednesday night through late Thursday night on the following areas: Pocatello, Chubbuck, Inkom, American Falls, Aberdeen, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Shelley, Firth, Arimo, McCammon, Downey, Swanlake, Lava Hot Springs, Grace, Soda Springs, Bancroft, Thatcher, Preston, Weston, Dayton, Franklin, Montpelier, Georgetown, Paris, St. Charles, Arco, Craters of the Moon, Atomic City and Malad. The weather service said it’s even possible some of these areas could receive 4 inches of snow depending on the storm’s severity.

The Raft River, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn, Paul, Declo, Malta, Holbrook, Albion, City of Rocks, Oakley, Rockland and Arbon areas are forecast to receive up to 5 inches of snow late Wednesday night through late Thursday night. The weather service said it’s even possible some of these areas could receive 8 inches of snow depending on the storm’s severity.

The rest of East Idaho including Idaho Falls, Ammon, Dubois, Spencer, Rigby, Rexburg, St. Anthony, Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Bone, Swan Valley and Palisades are forecast to receive less than an inch of snow.

Winter weather advisories have also been declared for areas south of Twin Falls, Mountain Home and Boise calling for maximum snowfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches late Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon.

Winter weather advisories and alerts are in effect in much of North Idaho as well as in Washington state, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Utah because of the incoming storm.

This will be the third snowstorm to hit the region so far this week and the second to hit East Idaho in less than a 24-hour span.

The previous storm dumped several inches of snow on East Idaho Christmas morning through Wednesday morning while the first storm of the week dumped up to 3 inches of snow on East Idaho Sunday night through Monday morning.

The National Weather Service’s forecast says that a fourth snowstorm could hit East Idaho on Saturday but it’s unclear at this time how powerful this weather system will be.

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