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The National Weather Service is warning the public to prepare for a winter storm that's expected to hit East Idaho on Saturday morning and continue through Sunday morning.  

The storm is forecast to bring rain, snow and 40 mph winds to East Idaho, with the higher elevations getting mostly snow and the lowlands receiving mostly rain. 

The weather service has issued winter weather advisories for East Idaho's higher elevations because of the storm. 

East Idaho's highlands, including Victor, Driggs, Tetonia, Soda Springs, Grace, Bancroft, Montpelier, Georgetown, Paris, St. Charles, Island Park, Ashton, Swan Valley, Bone, Wayan, Henry and Palisades, could receive 1 to 7 inches of snow from the storm. East Idaho's higher mountains could receive up to 9 inches of snow.

East Idaho's lower elevations including Pocatello, Chubbuck, Fort Hall, American Falls, Aberdeen, Preston, Blackfoot, Atomic City, Firth, Shelley, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby and Rexburg are expected to receive mostly rain from the storm with the possibility of a half-inch of snow. 

The weather service said daytime high temps in East Idaho on Saturday and Sunday will be in the 40s in the lowlands and around freezing in the highlands. Nighttime lows are expected to be below freezing regionwide over the weekend.

The weather service said anyone looking to travel in East Idaho this weekend should expect winter conditions, especially on higher elevation roads.

Elsewhere in the state, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories calling for up to a foot or more of snow have been issued in the central Idaho mountains including Sun Valley, Ketchum and Stanley and in North Idaho. 

Outside of Idaho, winter storm warnings and/or winter weather advisories have been issued in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Washington state and Oregon.