More heavy snow and wind forecast this weekend


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U.S Highway 20 in Fremont County near Island Park on Friday morning.

IDAHO FALLS — A strong winter storm that began hammering higher elevations areas Thursday will remain over parts of eastern Idaho until Sunday.

Heavy snowfall and high winds are predicted through the region — particularly at higher elevations and in the mountain passes. The valleys are also expected to see some snow this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning all along the Montana, Wyoming and Utah borders, including the following counties: Lemhi, Clark, Teton, Fremont, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power, Bannock, eastern Madison and eastern Bonneville.

Four to 10 inches of snow are predicted, with localized amounts of up to 15 inches at the highest elevations. The storm warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Friday in the Dubois, St. Anthony, Ashton, Driggs and Victor areas. In the Henry, Soda Springs, Preston and Montpelier areas, the warning if in effect until 11 a.m. Sunday.

A winter storm advisory is in place in the lower elevations areas — including Idaho Falls, Rexburg, Rigby and Pocatello — until 5 p.m. Friday. Three to 5 inches of snow are possible.

High winds gusting up to 45 mph are predicted throughout eastern Idaho. The wind, combined with snowfall, will create blowing snow and poor visibility on many highways.

Interstate 15 between Dubois and the Montana border was closed early Friday morning due to snowfall and poor visibility. Officials are advising special caution along I-86, I-15, U.S. Highways 20, 26, 30, 89, 91 and state highways 28, 32 34, 36 and 87.