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Winter storm warning for southeast Idaho | Preston Citizen

Winter storm warning for southeast Idaho

January 18, 2012


Assistant editor


There is a big change in the weather pattern and the National Weather Service is predicting several inches of snow accumulation in Franklin County by Friday.

The agency issued a winter storm warning from Wednesday at noon through Thursday afternoon. The NWS said up to four-feet of snow could fall in the mountains surrounding Franklin County by Friday evening. And another one-three feet could fall above 6,000 feet by Friday afternoon.

“The high pressure that has been over us for the last few months has shifted to the gulf of Alaska and so the storms are now going under this air mass and bringing moisture-laden clouds to the Intermountain area,” said King Smith, who keeps official weather records for Franklin County.

“For the next week or so we should see a potential for two or more storms. The eight-to-14 day forecast confirms this idea. After that it’s anybody’s guess. The pattern can shift right back to where it was in a heart beat.”

Smith said this is going to be wet snow. In the valley we could get a rain and snow mix with rain one day and then snow the next.

“It is what we are looking for. I don’t think it will bring us up to normal but it will help. It will depend on what we get in the early and late spring. If the change in pattern holds, we stand a good chance of getting close to normal water and snow in the mountains,” he said.

“Through Wednesday morning we have only had .03 of an inch of precipitation. with an half-inch of snow. I have my snow board out and my yard stick ready for big snows if they come our way.”

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