All incoming and departing early morning flights were on schedule at the Boise Airport today as the Treasure Valley eases its way into the long holiday weekend, with forecasts calling for not much more than a dusting of snow in the Boise metro area. The Christmas Eve forecast for Boise calls for a 40 percent chance of snow showers during the day and a 20 percent chance of snow showers in the evening, with overnight lows around 20 degrees. The forecast for Christmas Day predicts a 20 percent chance of snow showers, with a high near 32 degrees.
Beginning late Saturday, a new storm system will bring periods of snow across central and eastern Idaho. The National Weather Service says that the first wave of snow will be Saturday night and Sunday morning, and the second, and potentially higher impact period, will be Sunday night and Christmas Eve. The central and eastern Idaho mountains may see moderate to locally heavy snow amounts for the two-day period.
Meanwhile, blizzard and winter storm warnings remain in effect through much of today and Saturday for the Great Lakes and central Appalachians, where heavy snow will combine with strong winds to produce dangerous travel conditions. Low temperatures will drop into the single digits or below zero for the north-central United States.