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MUCH OF EAST IDAHO COULD RECEIVE SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW THIS WEEKEND

February 2, 2019

Winter weather is expected to return to East Idaho starting late Friday night and possibly continuing through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service forecast for East Idaho is calling for several inches of snow this weekend in the region’s higher elevation areas including Craters of the Moon, Malad, Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, Arco, Spencer, Island Park, St. Anthony, Ashton, Swan Valley, Palisades, Bone, Soda Springs, Bancroft, Grace, Wayan, Henry, Lava Hot Springs, Arbon, Inkom, McCammon, Arimo, Downey, Swanlake, Montpelier, Thatcher, Georgetown, Paris and St. Charles.

It’s possible some of those areas could receive over a foot of snow this weekend depending on the severity of the winter weather, the weather service reported.

Although snow is in the forecast, East Idaho is currently not yet under any winter weather warnings. But such warnings are a certainty if the forecast holds.

Snow and rain are in the forecast for the following East Idaho lower elevation areas late Friday night through Wednesday: Pocatello, Chubbuck, American Falls, Aberdeen, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Firth, Shelley, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn, Paul, Declo, Raft River, Malta, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Dubois, Rigby, Sugar City, Rexburg, Atomic City, Preston, Weston, Dayton and Franklin. A maximum of one or two inches of snow could fall on those areas over the weekend along with the rain.

The weather service has not yet provided possible snowfall amounts for Monday through Wednesday in East Idaho, but those estimates will likely be forthcoming soon.

Outside of Idaho, most of Montana is under winter storm watches because of the anticipated winter weather and multiple hazardous weather alerts are in effect in Utah and Wyoming. Winter weather advisories are in effect in Washington state, wind advisories are in effect in Oregon and special weather alerts are in effect in Nevada.

Stay with idahostatejournal.com for the latest forecast updates.

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