Another winter storm headed across eastern Idaho today
IDAHO FALLS — A new winter storm will usher across Idaho today, bringing a risk for more snowfall and blowing and drifting snow across the region.
The National Weather Service predicts strong south and southwest winds will develop to between 20 and 30 mph with gusts of 50 mph possible starting at 1 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday.
The lower elevation areas — including Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Pocatello and the surrounding communities — will receive the least amount of snow today. Between 1 to 3 inches of snow is predicted in the valleys this afternoon and tonight.
High elevation areas are a different story. NWS has issued a winter storm warning for Clark, Teton and Fremont counties and parts of Madison County. These areas can expect heavy snowfall, along with the high winds, of between 5 to 10 inches with localized amounts of up to 18 inches in some areas.
A winter storm advisory is in effect for Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power and Bannock counties and parts of Bonneville County. Between 3 to 7 inches of snow are predicted in the area with localized amounts up to 14 inches.
Mountain passes along the Montana and Wyoming border are expected to be hit hard.
Many highways throughout eastern Idaho area listed as in difficult or fair conditions — particularly those heading northbound to Montana and eastward into Wyoming. This includes Interstate 15 through Clark and Jefferson counties and U.S. Highway 20 through Fremont County. Snow, ice, fog, slush and blowing snow are all being reported.