Look out northern Idaho, you’re about to get walloped with a huge storm right before the Holidays.
Right now, NOAA is forecasting between 25-31″ of snow for Schweitzer Mountain Resort and areas such as 49º North and Red Resort should also see big time accumulations.
“Confidence is very good that the mountains will get pounded with snow, especially near the Cascade Crest and over the north Idaho Panhandle.” – NWS Spokane
The following storm will begin to move through the west as the week progresses, bringing snow to Colorado and Utah. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!
Winter Storm Warning
…HEAVY MOUNTIAN SNOW TONIGHT AND TUESDAY…
An extended period of winter weather will impact portions of the region. Light to moderate snow will fall across the central to northern Idaho Panhandle today. A stronger storm system will arrive tonight spreading snow through all of the mountains of eastern Washington and north Idaho. This system has the potential to produce very heavy snow accumulations across the northern mountains. Valleys will start as snow but southern portions may switch to rain after moderate accumulations. Northern valleys near the Canadian Border may remain snow throughout the event. If this occurs, heavy snow accumulations are likely.
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM PST
* WHAT…Heavy snow occurring. Travel will be very difficult to impossible, mainly on Tuesday in the valleys. Through Monday afternoon, additional snow accumulations of up to 2 inches in the valleys and 4 to 9 inches in the mountains. Monday night through Wednesday morning, 3 to 8 inches in the valleys with higher amounts possible near the Canadian Border. In the mountains, 16 to 24 inches.
* WHERE…Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Eastport, and Schweitzer Mountain Road.
* WHEN…Until 7 AM Wednesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.