WEATHER & ROADS: Storm system to hit eastern Idaho this weekend

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U.S. Highway 20 in Fremont County.

IDAHO FALLS — A special weather statement has been issued due to a Pacific storm system that is expected to bring snow to the mountains of central and southeast Idaho late Thursday through Saturday.

Travel across mountain passes is expected to become hazardous in the central mountains tonight and into the eastern highlands Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow will start out between 6,500 and 8,500 feet on Friday and drop to the valley floors by Saturday afternoon or evening. Higher elevations can expect up to 6 inches.

THURSDAY’S FORECAST:

The Upper Snake River Valley will be cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning. Highs of 46 to 55 degrees are expected with southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. It’ll be cloudy tonight with lows of 33 to 41 degrees, continued wind and a 50 percent chance of rain.

The Pocatello region will see decreasing cloud cover throughout Thursday with highs of 49 to 59 degrees. Southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph will increase to between 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. It’ll be mostly cloudy at night with a 40 percent chance of rain, continued winds and lows of 36 to 43 degrees.

The Upper Valley and Teton Valley will be cloudy today with a chance of snow or rain throughout the day. Up to two inches of snow is possible with highs of 38 to 48 degrees. Between 1 and 3 inches of snow is possible during the night with lows between 30 to 38 degrees.

The Lost River region will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow. Highs of 41 to 51 degrees are expected. There is a continued chance of snow and rain during the night with up to 2 inches of snow possible. Lows of 28 to 35 degrees.

It’ll be cloudy in the Caribou Highlands today with a slight chance of rain or snow throughout the day. It’ll also be windy with highs of 47 to 57 degrees. During the night it’ll be cloudy with a chance of rain and lows of 33 to 40 degrees.

ROAD HAZARDS:

No major road closures are being reported as of 10:30 a.m.

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