Winter storms may impact Thanksgiving travel this weekend

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IDAHO FALLS — The National Weather Service predicts several storm systems will hit eastern Idaho this Thanksgiving long weekend.

Early reports from NWS say the current high pressures will keep the skies clear and roads dry through Tuesday night and most of Wednesday. However, around midnight Wednesday, a mix of rain and snow is expected throughout eastern Idaho.

NWS meteorologist Mike Huston told EastIdahoNews.com snow accumulation in the valleys will be minimal during the first storm system. Most will see rain, but he says elevations above 5,500 feet will begin to see just a few inches of snow.

As Friday evening approaches a second system is forecast to hit the area with two to four inches of snow accumulation in the region.

Huston says the southern Highlands Area along the Idaho, Nevada and Utah borders will see the most snow in this second system with 10 inches of snow expected at elevations above 6,000 feet. The valley areas can expect one to four inches of accumulation.

The snow will continue in east Idaho throughout Saturday morning although the forecast shows a brief gap in the weather Saturday afternoon. Sunday will continue to see some snow, but during the afternoon the region will see warmer temperatures.

Additionally, the National Weather Service is predicting similar conditions in parts of Utah and Wyoming. Accumulating snow is expected over the mountains and higher valleys Thursday and Friday, especially across northern Utah. The valley floors will see a chance of snow Saturday.

Huston says Monday is the best day for a return trip if you want to see clear roads and skies.

The NWS advises travelers to stay up to date on weather conditions for the weekend. Prepare your vehicle for winter driving conditions and bring warm clothing for the trip.

Check back with EastIdahoNews.com throughout the week for a updated forecast.

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