Blowing dust storm in East Idaho

Motorists are being warned about the possibility of dust storms in East Idaho on Thursday due to winds that could exceed 45 mph.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of the region that will take effect at 10 a.m. and remain until at least 9 p.m.

The weather service said the winds could create blowing dust that will reduce visibility, creating hazardous driving conditions on East Idaho's roads.

"Do not enter a blowing dust area if you can avoid it," the weather service said.

The gusts are also expected to be strong enough to make controlling a vehicle difficult.

The following areas are forecast to be hardest hit by the powerful winds: Roberts, Mud Lake, Idaho National Laboratory, Craters of the Moon, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and St. Anthony.

The weather service said driving conditions on Interstate 15 from Idaho Falls to Camas, Highway 20 from Arco to St. Anthony, and Highway 33 throughout the region could be especially difficult because of the winds.

Thursday's winds are also expected to create potentially hazardous conditions on the American Falls Reservoir. The weather service has issued a lake wind advisory for the reservoir warning boaters about the possibility of rough waters capable of capsizing boats.

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