Crashes reported as winter storm slams east Idaho - East Idaho News

Crashes reported as winter storm slams east Idaho

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IDAHO FALLS — Eastern Idaho received its first major snowfall of the season this weekend and the forecast shows more snow is on its way Monday and Tuesday.

As the snow began to fall this morning, Idaho State Police released the following advisory:

“Winter driving conditions are in effect for Eastern Idaho. Idaho State Police encourage motorists to use caution and increase travel time to reach their destinations.”

Today’s snowstorm is expected to hit eastern Idaho and the surrounding states.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for eastern Idaho through early Monday evening, due to snow and potentially high winds.

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The forecast shows communities in the northern section of eastern Idaho — including Bonneville, Madison, Fremont, Jefferson, Teton and Clark counties — could receive between one and four inches of snow Monday.

Communities in southeastern Idaho — Bannock, Bingham, Caribou, Power, Bear Lake, Franklin and Oneida counties — can expect snowfall of between two and five inches, according to NOAA.

Communities with higher elevations, may receive up to seven inches of snow.

Northern Utah is expected to be hit hardest by the storm. A winter storm warning is in effect between Salt Lake City and the Idaho border. Much of the area can expect between seven to 11 inches of snowfall, with higher elevation areas expected to receive some two feet of snow.

Parts of western Wyoming will receive between three to five inches of snow with higher elevations possibly receiving up to 16 inches of snow.

High winds of up to 45 mph are expected throughout the region until Monday evening, which will cause blowing snow and lower visibility.

Motorists are advised to use caution throughout the day and can expect slick, snow-covered roads and icy patches across eastern Idaho.