Heavy Snowfall Will Bring Great Skiing, Treacherous Driving




You can quit dreaming. Idaho's mountain communities should see a white Christmas.

Significant amounts of blowing and drifting snow will continue in the mountains through Monday, with total accumulations of 6-10 inches in mountain valleys and 12-16 inches above 6,000 feet. Southwestern-facing slopes could see even more snow.

Travel on Idaho highways 55, 20 and 21 is not adviseable tonight through Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Boise. Travel on I-84 from Oregon's Baker County to Idaho is also expected to be treacherous.

Even the floor of the Treasure Valley woke up to a blanket of white this morning. Forecasters call for a mix of rain and snow continuing in the Treasure Valley through the day and evening, with chilly days and nights for the week ahead.

In the 133 years of recorded weather history, Boise's average temperature on Christmas Day has been 29.6 degrees. The coldest Christmas in Boise was 20 below zero, recorded in 1990, while the highest temperature was recorded in 1885, when Boiseans experienced 60 degrees. Boise's record Christmas snowfall was 6 inches in 1998.


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