Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wind-Whipping Winter Blast Smacks Treasure Valley

Posted By on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

A high-pitched winter wind blisterred the Treasure Valley early today, turning a late-evening rainfall into snow and ice.

The National Weather Service Office in Boise said the strong cold front will continue to push snow into the region's mountains but was expected to decrease by Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Weather Service posted an early morning winter storm warning for the Magic Valley, with winds clocked as high as 60 mph, and travel advisories for all of southern Idaho.

In north Idaho, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 11 p.m.

The strong and fast-moving low pressure system is tracking eastward toward the nations' Southern Plains by Sunday night. As a second upper level trough intersects with the low pressure system, the weather maker is expected to strengthen as it moves eastward and picks up more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.

The NWS forecast for the Treasure Valley calls for sub-freezing evenings and a chance of snow showers for the next 48 hours, bringing Boise's recent spring-like temperatures to an end.

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