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Pocatello gets half a foot of snow in many areas

December 2, 2018

Over half a foot of snow was dumped in many areas of Pocatello during a snowstorm on Friday night.

Snow reports from Pocatello ranged from 5 to 8 inches, and the Buckskin Road area received a whopping 11 inches, according to John Hinsberger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

However, the storm tapered off toward American Falls, and the area near the Pocatello airport received only about 8-tenths of an inch.

Chubbuck received 3 and a half inches, while Idaho Falls received just 1 and a half inches, he said.

“The higher elevations got a little bit more than the town, but it was still a pretty good event for the city,” Hinsberger said.

However, he added that the snowfall wasn’t necessarily abnormal for the area, despite some previous weather reports suggesting that it may be a warm winter.

“If we average it out over the entire winter, this might just seem like one event in a long series of events that could occur throughout the entire winter,” he said.

According to Hinsberger, more snow is expected in the areas surrounding Poatello starting around midnight. Burley is expected to get 1 to 2 inches of snowfall, and Sun Valley is expected to receive 2 to 4 inches, with even more snow falling in the higher elevation mountain passes.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for those areas through 11 a.m. Sunday. But Hinsberger said not much more snow was expected in Pocatello.

“Maybe a half inch or so, but that will die pretty quickly throughout the day by tomorrow afternoon,” he said.

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