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THREE STORMS HEADING FOR EAST IDAHO: Snow expected to start falling Thanksgiving morning

November 20, 2018

The National Weather Service has issued special weather alerts warning the public about a series of fast-moving snowstorms that are forecast to hit East Idaho starting Thursday morning and continuing through Sunday.

East Idaho’s mountains are forecast to receive the most snow from the storms. Over 15 inches of snow could fall Thursday morning through Sunday in East Idaho’s higher elevations, making for hazardous driving conditions in those areas.

The weather service says anyone wanting to travel anywhere in East Idaho over the extended holiday weekend should check the forecast and local conditions and “plan accordingly” before taking to the road.

The first storm will hit on Thanksgiving day with the snow starting to fall early Thursday morning, the weather service reported.

East Idaho’s lower elevation areas such as Preston, American Falls, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Burley, Pocatello, Chubbuck, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Malad and Rexburg could receive an inch of snow from this storm while the higher elevations including Inkom, McCammon, Downey, Montpelier, Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, Island Park, St. Anthony, Ashton, Driggs, Victor, Bone, Palisades and Spencer could receive up to 3 inches of snow.

The second storm is forecast to hit Friday morning through Saturday morning and will dump up to 14 inches of snow on East Idaho’s higher elevations and up to 2 inches of snow on the lower elevations, the weather service said.

The third storm is forecast to hit East Idaho starting some time on Sunday but the weather service said it’s not yet certain what that weather system will bring to the region.

The weather service said driving conditions even in lower elevation areas could be difficult Thursday through Sunday because of the snowstorms. The storms are expected to bring the most significant snowfall of the season thus far to East Idaho’s lowlands.

All three storms are also expected to hit the central Idaho mountains including the cities of Hailey, Sun Valley, Stanley and Challis and special weather alerts calling for snow have been issued for that part of the state.

Besides the alerts in the central Idaho mountains and East Idaho, no other warnings, advisories or alerts regarding the incoming snowstorms are currently in effect in Idaho.

However, parts of western Wyoming, all of Utah and most of Nevada are under weather alerts because of the storms. Please drive carefully.

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