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Snow and frigid cold in East Idaho forecast

February 15, 2018 GMT

Snow and plummeting temperatures are in the forecast for East Idaho.

The National Weather Service said snow is possible in the region Thursday through next Wednesday. But the incoming weather systems will follow a pattern similar to what East Idaho has experienced since early January with the most snow falling in the mountains and not much at all falling in lowland areas such as Pocatello, American Falls, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Preston.

The snow falling in the mountains, especially in the Island Park, Ashton, Driggs and Victor areas, could amount to one to four inches per day Thursday through Wednesday.

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East Idaho’s lowlands could see passing snow showers during that span, with the most snow -- up to two inches -- falling on Thursday.

But there’s a lot of uncertainty about the snow in the forecast and that’s one of the reasons why as of early Thursday morning the weather service had not issued any warnings for East Idaho regarding the incoming storm systems.

The weather service is much more confident about the expected falling temps.

Daytime highs in East Idaho’s lower elevations are forecast to be in the 20s and 30s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while higher elevation areas will see daytime highs in the teens and 20s during that three-day period.

Nighttime lows throughout East Idaho are forecast to be in the single digits and teens during the first half of next week.

These conditions will be a far cry from the unseasonably warm temps East Idaho has been experiencing in recent weeks.

The only place in the state where the weather service has issued warnings as of early Thursday morning regarding the incoming winter weather is Northern Idaho, where winter weather advisories are in effect.

Montana is bracing to be hit very hard by the incoming storms. Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and civil emergency messages urging people to stay off the roads are all in effect in that state.

In Wyoming, winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and hazardous weather alerts are in effect, while winter weather advisories and hazardous weather alerts have been declared in Utah.

There are currently no winter weather warnings in effect in Nevada, Oregon or Washington.

Stay with idahostatejournal.com for the latest forecast updates.