The recent release of data from a national scientific agency regarding winter predictions for the United States from December 2022 through February 2023 is translating into an abnormally severe start to the new year for the Magic Valley. Whether or not Idaho gets hammered with conditions mirroring those of the 2017 "Snowmaggedon" remains to be seen, but present indications are certainly insinuating that.

Winter has arrived early in the western U.S. From the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California to southern Idaho, October ended wet and snowy in this region of the country, and more is on the way next week. A chance of snow is predicted for the Magic Valley November 7 through 9 (Monday to Wednesday), with overnight lows dropping into the teens. Pockets of the West Coast will also likely receive several inches of snow by Tuesday, according to National Weather Service data.

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Both U.S. precipitation and temperature forecasts for southern Idaho reflect abnormal patterns for this region of the Gem State and across an expanded section of the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Historic low levels of water in western lakes could be benefitted from a winter rivaling that of 2017.

Continued drought for the majority of the Great Plains has also been predicted by the NOAA. The western U.S. could absorb the brunt of severe winter weather, according to the data.

If these predictions are accurate, it'll be a busy 12 months for snowplow drivers in southern Idaho from January to March. Stay warm and safe out there Idaho.

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