WEATHER & ROADS: Freezing fog warning issued in eastern Idaho

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Interstate 15 near Osgood.

IDAHO FALLS — The National Weather Service issued a freezing fog warning at lower elevations in eastern Idaho on Thursday.

The advisory is in effect now until 8 a.m. Friday in the following communities: Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Rigby, Burley, Rupert and Preston.

Officials are reporting widespread visibility will be reduced to about one mile, with some areas below 1/4 mile.

Freezing fog can deposit ice on roadways and sidewalks, especially in areas where visibility is significantly restricted. Overpasses are especially vulnerable to collection of ice from the fog.

If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Also, be alert for frost on bridge decks causing slippery roads and overpasses, according to NWS officials.

Air Quality Alert in Franklin County

An air quality advisory remains in effect in Franklin County due to elevated pollutant levels in the air. A stable atmosphere with little wind is preventing pollutants from drifting outside the area.

As a result, residential wood burning restrictions have been put in place inside the county until at least 10 a.m. Friday.

Individuals with inherent sensitivity to increased particulate levels are encouraged to avoid prolonged physical exertion outside. At these levels there is an increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms and increased aggravation of asthma and/or lung ailments, according to NWS officials.

For more information please access the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality website at http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov.

SEE THE 7-DAY FORECAST HERE

Wednesday’s Forecast:

Idaho Falls, Rigby and Rexburg

It’ll be mostly cloudy today with areas of dense freezing fog and lows of 7 to 15 degrees tonight. Light and variable winds are expected.

Pocatello, Chubbuck and Blackfoot

It’ll be mostly cloudy today with areas of dense freezing fog. Lows of 6 to 15 degrees are expected with light and variable winds.

Dubois, St. Anthony, Ashton, Island Park, Driggs, and Victor

It’ll be party cloudy today with areas of dense freezing fog and lows of 1 to 11 degrees.

Arco, Challis, and Mackay

The weather will be mostly clear today with some areas of dense freezing fog and lows of 8 to 18 degrees.

Henry, Soda Springs, Downey, and Lava Hot Springs

It’ll be mostly clear today with lows 4 to 14 degrees tonight.

Road Report:

The following roads are listed as in fair condition due to icy patches on the roadway. Conditions are expected to worsen tonight, however, so please drive carefully.

  • Idaho Highway 32 between Ashton and Tetonia

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