POCATELLO — Some things are notorious for being late and Mother Nature doesn’t appear to be an exception.
Just two weeks before the first day of summer, she seems to be running behind.
“It seems like it’s April in June,” said Dawn Harmon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Pocatello.
Thunderstorms and cold fronts led to some unusual conditions in Eastern Idaho over the weekend.
Both Pocatello and Idaho Falls set record-low temperatures on Sunday morning. It was 29 degrees in Pocatello, falling below the previous June 9 record, 31, set in 1999. It was 30 in Idaho Falls. Harmon says the former record for that area was 31 and was also set in 1999.
“Idaho Falls and Pocatello came in one degree shy of their coldest June temperature,” according to a preliminary post on the US National Weather Service Pocatello Idaho’s Facebook page.
Burley and Stanley both tied their respective record-low temperatures of 33, set in 1924, and 23, set in 1999, Harmon said.
The weather service issued freeze warnings over the weekend, and there were reports of graupel (snow pellets similar to hail) and, even snow in some communities with higher elevations, Harmon said.
The weather service posted Idaho Transportation Department webcam photos on Saturday morning showing snow in the area of Henry’s Lake near Highway 20, Blackfoot Reservoir near Highway 34, Pine Creek Pass near Highway 31, Fish Creek Summit near Highway 30 and in the Stanley area.
“The last time accumulating Snow occurred in June in Island Park was 2008,” according to the weather service’s Facebook post.
Weather officials said the snowfall was heavy enough to cause some slick conditions, particularly by Henry’s Lake and Soda Springs.
“We don’t often break out the slick driving conditions templates in June, but tonight is no typical June night,” the weather service posted on Facebook on Saturday.
Harmon said it’s not terribly unusual for a cold front to move through the area this late in the season. However, temperatures did reach record lows this time, and recent conditions have been closer to early spring than late spring, she said.
On the bright side, it seems Mother Nature is at least trying to get it together.
Harmon says temperatures in Pocatello should climb back into the upper 70s and lower 80s by Wednesday. But the region could see some more precipitation on Thursday and Friday.