Snowed In!

The strong winter storm that has been pounding California is heading inland, arriving Sun Valley mid-afternoon today. It started snowing at about 2pm this afternoon and it continues to fall. I’d guess 6+ inches so far today. We heard a report from a Boise TV station predicting up to 20 inches of snow in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. According to the National Weather Service:

SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS-BIG AND LITTLE WOOD RIVER REGION- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF … STANLEY … CLAYTON … HAILEY … KETCHUM … BELLEVUE

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST SATURDAY.

A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL SPREAD LIGHT SNOW INTO THE CENTRAL IDAHO MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON…THEN THE SNOW WILL INTENSIFY DURING THE DURING THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON WILL RANGE FROM 10 TO 20 INCHES FROM 6000 TO 8500 FEET ELEVATION… ABOVE 8500 FEET… MAXIMUM SNOWFALL COULD ACCUMULATE TO AS MUCH AS 3 FEET. WIND OF 25 TO 35 MPH ALONG RIDGE TOPS AND THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES WILL RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING SNOW AND NEAR- ZERO VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW.

More broadly, this From Weather.com:

The strongest in a series of storm systems is plowing into the West with its impacts spreading far inland to the Rockies this weekend.

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A foot or two of snow will fall in parts of the Cascades of Washington and Oregon. In the mountains of California, hourly snowfall rates could reach 6 to 8 inches. Snow accumulations between 2 feet (valley floors) and locally 12 feet (ridge tops) will bury the Sierra by the end of the weekend. White-out, blizzard conditions will make any travel through the Siskiyou and Sierra Mountains deadly.

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Snow and damaging winds will increase through interior parts of the West this weekend, impacting Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and the Colorado Rockies. Several feet of snow could fall at the higher elevations with wind gusts to over 80 mph.

Apparently I-84 is closed in Eastern Oregon due to high winds and flying rocks!

Snow

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