Wet, warmer weather expected this week
BLACKFOOT — A wet and warm storm system is forecast to pass through the region today through Saturday, bringing wind, rain and some snow to the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The system will also bring warmer temperatures with a high near 42 degrees today and 47 degrees Thursday. Overnight lows are forecast to stay at or above freezing through Friday.
Today there is a 40 percent chance of precipitation coupled with sustained winds of 14 miles per hour and gusts up to 22 mph. Wind and rain are forecast to increase overnight and continue Thursday and into Friday.
Things are expected to return to normal Saturday and Sunday with a high of 36, lows in the teens, lighter winds and partly cloudy skies.
While valley locations are expected to see mostly rain over the next few days, higher elevations could see significant snowfall. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning is in effect today through Thursday evening for the Sawtooth Mountains, Upper Snake Highlands, Caribou Highlands and Big and Little Wood River regions including Stanley, Driggs, Island Park, St. Anthony, Downey, Soda Springs and Sun Valley. Heavy snow is expected above 7,000 feet, with 15-25 inches possible in those mountainous areas by Thursday afternoon.
The snow could cause potential hazardous travel conditions with blowing and drifting snow in high elevations. Strong southerly winds are expected later today from Burley to Blackfoot.