Extended Period Of Snow Predicted For Magic Valley By Week’s End
January began with snowfall throughout southern Idaho beginning shortly after the Christmas holiday, and current satellite data for the region indicates another storm will likely bring several inches of snow by Sunday night.
Idaho fans of the snow are getting their wish in this new year of 2023. Southern Idaho has received some of the largest rain and snow totals in the entire state since winter began on December 21, according to SNOTEL data. The counties of Owyhee, Franklin, Bear Lake, Cassia, and Twin Falls have seen above-normal averages of snow water accumulation in the past three weeks.
The Idaho Transportation Department closely monitors weather conditions for the state and is a great source for safety information when it comes to hazardous winter driving. Daytime highs for the Magic Valley through Saturday (January 14) will average the mid-forties with a brief period of rain expected for Tuesday. By Sunday evening, temperatures will drop throughout the Magic Valley with rain showers expected to turn to snowfall, according to weather.com data.
Steady snowfall is currently predicted to begin in the early morning hours of Monday, January 16, and continue into Thursday, January 19, according to weather.com. Chain control and road closure information should be checked for those planning to travel to the South Hills of Idaho or north over the Galena Summit during this time period.
Conditions in southern Idaho should improve heading into the weekend of January 21, with sunshine returning and temperatures averaging the upper thirties.