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CHRISTMAS DAY SNOW CAUSES NUMEROUS WRECKS; ANOTHER SNOWSTORM EXPECTED TO HIT WEDNESDAY NIGHT

December 26, 2018

One snowstorm hasn’t finished dumping flakes on East Idaho but another is ready to strike.

The National Weather Service reports that the third snowstorm to hit East Idaho this week will begin dropping snow on the region late Wednesday night and will continue until late Thursday night.

The snowfall from the storm that first hit East Idaho early Christmas morning is forecast to continue well into Wednesday morning, meaning that the region will get less than a 24-hour break between snowstorms.

There were numerous snow-related wrecks on Interstates 15 and 86 on Tuesday, especially during the nighttime hours. Anyone driving anywhere in East Idaho should expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility for the next couple of days. Motorists should use extreme caution or perhaps delay their travel plans until the snow stops falling.

State police said none of the Tuesday wrecks in East Idaho resulted in serious injuries.

The hazardous road conditions will continue with the arrival of the next snowstorm. The late Wednesday night to late Thursday night storm is forecast to dump up to 4 inches of snow on the Rockland, Arbon, Holbrook, Malta, Albion, City of Rocks, Oakley, Declo, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn and Paul areas. The rest of East Idaho, including Soda Springs, Montpelier, Preston, Fort Hall, Island Park, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls and Rexburg, is forecast to receive up to 2 inches of snow late Wednesday night to late Thursday night.

But the weather service said the forecast could change and it’s possible more snow could fall.

The incoming storm is expected to dump up to 4 to 6 inches of snow on south central Idaho, including the Twin Falls and Jerome areas.

The storm that hit starting early Christmas morning dumped 3 to 5 inches of snow on most of East Idaho by Tuesday night and the flakes are expected to continue falling until around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The first storm of the week hit Sunday night through Monday morning, dumping up to 3 inches of snow on East Idaho.

The weather service has not yet issued any winter weather warnings or advisories because of the incoming storm but those are expected on Wednesday as the weather system approaches.

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