Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weather Channel's Jim Cantore Sends Skiers Scurrying for Sun Valley

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM


Idaho was all over the national news Nov. 28, when Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore sent out the following tweet:

If I was doing a preemptive #ski strike I would head to Sun Valley, Idaho. They are going to get crushed over the next 5 days #snow #IDwx

That sounds lovely, especially if you work at Sun Valley Resort. Of course, that snow isn't coming without wind, so skiing might not be all that fun.

The National Weather Service Office in Pocatello issued a winter weather advisory through the weekend for the Wood River Valley area.

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 5 am Friday to 5 am MST
Monday above 7000 feet...

The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and strong winds... which is in effect from 5 a.m. Friday [Nov. 30] to 5 a.m. MST Monday [Dec. 3]. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Timing ... Friday 5 a.m. MST until Monday 5 a.m. MST.

* Accumulations ... a long duration snow event will begin late Thursday [Nov. 29] night and continue through the weekend. Snow amounts will be 6 to 16 inches from 5 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday ... 7 to 17 inches from 5 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday ... and 7 to 17 inches from 5 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. Event totals are expected to be 2 to 5 feet for the whole period above 7,000 feet.

* Winds ... 15 to 25 mph through Saturday night ... increasing to 20 to 35 mph and locally higher Sunday and Sunday night.

* Locations include ... Galena Summit ... Banner Summit.

* Impacts ... the combination of snow and wind will create hazardous travel conditions especially over mountain passes and other higher elevation roadways. Also ... people heading out into the backcountry will also experience dangerous conditions due to the wind and snow combination.

The town of Sun Valley sits at 5,750 feet, while the summit of Baldy is at 9,150 feet in elevation, so at least the summit could get that hammering Cantore mentioned.

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