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Winter storm watch declared in East Idaho; snow expected to start falling Tuesday afternoon

January 30, 2017

A winter storm watch has been declared in East Idaho calling for several inches of snow in some areas.

The storm is forecast to hit the region Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon but it could linger for longer.

The National Weather Service stated: “Periods of moderate to heavy snow may create hazardous travel conditions over mountain passes. Individuals planning back country activities should be prepared for significant snowfall.”

Island Park and Victor will likely be hit hardest by the storm. Both communities could receive 10 to 14 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon.

The weather service says 6 to 8 inches of snow could fall during that same time frame on Ashton, Driggs and Palisades, while St. Anthony, Spencer, Dubois, Henry, Wayan and Swan Valley could receive up to 4 inches of snow.

The rest of East Idaho is expected to receive about an inch of snow from the storm, but this forecast could change as the weather system approaches.

The region could be in for a very snowy week depending on the storm’s severity. Snow is in the forecast every day through this coming Sunday in East Idaho but the weather service isn’t providing accumulation estimates past Wednesday afternoon. There could be some rain mixed in with this week’s snow, especially in the lower elevations.

Scattered flurries and freezing fog could occur in East Idaho Monday morning through Tuesday morning prior to the storm’s arrival and drivers are being warned to use caution.

Much of Northern Idaho is also under a winter storm watch and 10 inches of snow could fall there Monday night through Tuesday night.

As of Monday morning there were no other winter weather warnings in effect in Idaho.

Much of Montana is under winter storm watches and high wind warnings because of the storm, while hazardous weather alerts and high wind watches and warnings are in effect in Wyoming.

Most of Utah is under hazardous weather alerts due to the storm, while flood advisories have been issued in Nevada and winter storm watches are in effect in parts of Oregon and Washington state.

The weather service is urging Eastern Idahoans to continue “to monitor the latest forecasts” as the storm approaches.

The weather service said regarding East Idaho: “A winter storm watch means that there is potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel and recreational activities.”

Stay with idahostatejournal.com for the latest storm updates.