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Major winter storm in forecast

January 16, 2012

BLACKFOOT — The first major winter storm is set to arrive in Eastern Idaho late tonight and persisting through the weekend, bringing heavy snow to the mountains and a mess of rain and snow to lower elevations.
Very strong and possibly damaging winds will accompany the storm, causing blowing and drifting snow. Current forecasts call for winds of up to 33 mph tonight and as high as 46 mph Saturday night.
The National Weather Service is advising motorists considering travel through Central and Eastern Idaho Wednesday through Saturday afternoon to reschedule travel or be prepared for very slow speeds on icy roads, temporary road closures and hazardous driving conditions.
Total snowfall expected from midnight tonight through 5 a.m. Thursday in Bingham County is 1.8 inches, but a combination of blowing rain and snow is expected to create icy conditions on local roads.
Through Saturday night there is a 50-70 percent chance of rain and snow with strong winds. Temperatures will range from 42 degrees Saturday afternoon to 18 degrees tonight.

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