Forecast: Another Wave of Wet Weather Will Slap Region

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The average opening at Brundage Mountain Resort in the past 30 years has been December 2.
  • The average opening at Brundage Mountain Resort in the past 30 years has been Dec. 2.

Another wave of cold, wet weather is expected to move through the region in the next 24 to 36 hours.

The National Weather Service office in Boise said this morning that the "focus now shifts to the Saturday night through Sunday portion of the event, when the strongest part of the system moves through. In addition to copious amounts of rain and snow for the northern mountains, the main emphasis turns to strong and gusty wnds developing over the entire area."

Forecasters said they're keeping a close eye on a strong jetstream moving over the area Saturday night in Oregon and after midnight in Idaho.

Looking at long-term conditions, forecasters said there will be a bit of a break on Monday before another weather system moves into the region Tuesday and Wednesday, pushing in a cold front through southwest Idaho late Wednesday and bringing the possibility of snow to lower elevations.

While skiing is well under way in Sun Valley, and Tamarack is still pointing to a mid-December opening, operators at Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall (where there is no snow-making machinery) are reporting 26 inches of snow at the resort's summit, eight inches at the base and four inches of new powder in the last 24 hours.

The average opening at Brundage in the past 30 years has been Dec. 2.

"There's nothing I can do about the weather. Let's make that real clear," Rick Certano, Brundage president and general manager, told Boise Weekly. "We're like farmers. We're dictated by the weather. Everybody knows how to play this game and, yes, it's a game."

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