Although July is less than two weeks away, snow and winter-like temperatures are in the forecast for East Idaho.
The National Weather Service said snow is expected to fall Thursday night through Friday morning in the Ashton, Wayan, Palisades, Swan Valley, Driggs, Victor, Tetonia, Island Park and Spencer areas. Those areas could also receive rain Thursday night through Sunday.
The weather service said the snow that falls will likely amount to less than a tenth of an inch, though it's possible more could fall.
The weather service said it's "unusual" for anywhere in East Idaho to receive any snow this time of year.
Parts of Lemhi County received a dusting of snow on Thursday afternoon but rain rather than snow is expected to fall on that East Idaho county Thursday night through at least Saturday.
It's also unusual for the mountains surrounding Pocatello to still have some snow on them this late into June, the weather service said.
But while snow is in the forecast for many higher elevation communities, the weather Thursday night through Sunday in the Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot and Rexburg areas along with much of the rest of East Idaho is expected to be clear with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Temperatures throughout East Idaho, however, are expected to dip into the 30s and possibly even into the 20s on Thursday night and Friday morning. The weather service said the cold temps will likely come close to breaking records in some communities.
Temperatures Friday afternoon will likely warm into the 50s and 60s in East Idaho. Those temps, as well as what's expected Thursday night and Friday morning, are very much below normal for this time of year in the region, the weather service said.
The below normal temps are expected to continue throughout the weekend in East Idaho.
Despite the expected winter-like weather on Thursday night and Friday morning, no snow or cold-related warnings have been declared in East Idaho or elsewhere in the state.
Outside of Idaho, freeze warnings are in effect in Oregon and Nevada, hazardous weather alerts calling for snow and cold temps are in effect in Utah, freeze warnings and alerts calling for light snow are in effect in Wyoming, and winter weather advisories calling for snow are in effect in Montana.
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