BY: DENI HAWKINS - MORNING WEATHER ANCHOR
LAST UPDATED: Thursday, December 8 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Today's the day! We've got snow moving into the Treasure Valley and much of the state beginning late this morning. Snow showers will be heavy at times, with most of the snow coming between 11 AM-6 PM. The timing of this storm could make for a messy commute this afternoon, as some roads will be snow covered, with more snow falling during the evening drive. In all, we're expecting 1-3" of snow in the Treasure Valley (as a general rule of thumb) though some of the benches could see up to 4".
This storm is moving in from the southwest, meaning it has mild air associated with it. However, because it's been so cold across the state, the warm and cold air masses will collide, squeezing snow out of this storm instead of rain. This will change late tonight and into tomorrow morning, as that mild air starts to scour out the cold air mass. On Friday, snow will continue in the mountains, but precipitation will turn to rain in the Treasure Valley. During that transition time, we could see a rain/snow mix, or even worse... freezing rain. Freezing rain on top of snow from today's storm could create dangerous driving conditions once late tonight and early tomorrow.
More storms on the way for at least the next 7 days.
SNOW TOTALS/WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY DETAILS
Treasure Valley: 1-3" w/ 4" locally (benches/foothills)
Mountains: 4-10" today through early Saturday. (10-20" is possible in the mountains above 6,000 ft).
* IMPACTS...SNOW ACCUMULATION ON ROADS WILL MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT AND TREACHEROUS... ESPECIALLY DURING THE THURSDAY AFTERNOON COMMUTE.
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