FIRST SNOWSTORM OF SEASON HEADING FOR EAST IDAHO
East Idaho’s first snowstorm of the season is expected to hit the region this week, making for slick driving conditions in the higher elevations.
The National Weather Service has issued special weather alerts for East Idaho in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday because of the expected snowfall.
A maximum of two to three inches of snow could fall in the following areas during that time frame: Montpelier, Georgetown, Paris, St. Charles, Soda Springs, Grace, Bancroft, Wayan, Henry, Palisades, Swan Valley, Bone, Driggs, Victor, Island Park, Ashton, Dubois, Spencer, Tetonia, Edie School, Small, Arco and Kilgore.
Mountain passes such as Emigration Pass, Georgetown Summit, Geneva Summit, Border Summit, Monida Pass, Targhee Pass, Ashton Hill and Pine Creek Pass could see a maximum of four to six inches of snow Tuesday afternoon through Thursday.
Motorists are being advised to use caution when driving through East Idaho’s higher elevations because of the expected snow.
Snow could also fall in other higher elevation areas of East Idaho, including Lava Hot Springs, St. Anthony and Craters of the Moon, but accumulations are expected to be less than an inch.
The weather service said it’s possible rain could be mixed in with the snow in East Idaho’s higher elevation areas.
East Idaho’s lower elevations including its major population centers — Pocatello, Chubbuck, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Ammon and Rexburg — are all forecast to receive rain and no snow Tuesday afternoon through Thursday.
The central Idaho mountains including Stanley, Ketchum and Challis are also under special weather alerts for Tuesday through Thursday because of the storm with some areas expecting up to a foot of snow.
Special weather alerts and winter weather advisories calling for snow are also in effect in most of Wyoming.