Two winter storms are forecast to possibly dump a combined foot-plus of snow on much of East Idaho starting late Saturday night.
The first storm is expected to hit around 11 p.m. Saturday and to continue dumping snow on East Idaho through Sunday afternoon. There will be a short break in the snowfall early Sunday evening until the second winter storm hits on Sunday night and continues dumping snow on East Idaho through Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for East Idaho warning the public about the difficult travel conditions caused by the storms.
The weather service said, "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency." Those wanting to take part in outdoor activities should expect severe winter conditions in East Idaho's backcountry because of the storms and perhaps stay home instead.
The weather service said motorists throughout East Idaho should expect snow covered roads and blowing and drifting snow late Saturday night through Monday morning because of the storms. The storms will be packing winds of up to 45 mph that will add to the hazardous conditions and road closures are possible.
The following areas are forecast to receive a maximum of 10 to 13 inches of snow from the storms late Saturday night through Monday morning: Island Park, Spencer, Ashton, Driggs, Victor, Palisades, Swan Valley, Bone, Wayan, Henry, Soda Springs, Grace, Bancroft, Lava Hot Springs, Inkom, McCammon, Arimo, Downey, Swanlake, Arbon, Malad, Holbrook, Preston, Dayton, Weston, Franklin, Montpelier, Georgetown, St. Charles, Paris, Thatcher and Craters of the Moon.
The weather service said it's even possible 16 to 18 inches of snow could fall on East Idaho's higher mountains during the storms.
The following areas are forecast to receive up to 6 inches of snow from the storms late Saturday night through Monday morning: Pocatello, Chubbuck, American Falls, Aberdeen, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Atomic City, Arco, Shelley, Firth, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, Rexburg, Dubois and Sugar City.
The Rockland, Burley, Rupert, Heyburn, Paul, Declo, Raft River, Malta, Oakley and City of Rocks areas are forecast to receive around an inch or less of snow from the storms.
The central Idaho mountains including Stanley, Hailey and Sun Valley are also under a winter storm warning and could receive over a foot of snow from the storms.
The storms have triggered winter weather advisories along Idaho's border with Oregon and in areas north of Boise, Mountain Home and Twin Falls.
Winter weather advisories, winter storm watches, winter storm warnings and/or high wind warnings are in effect in all of the states surrounding Idaho because of the storms.