Bitter cold and an ice storm that crippled the Treasure Valley have nothing on the region's longer-lasting weather challenge: poor air quality.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued another air quality alert for today—the latest in a string warning of unhealthy conditions for the very young and elderly. The alert cautions sensitive people to reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.
Today's Air Quality Index is 80, which has triggered a ban on both outdoor burning and residential wood heating.
Meanwhile, dense fog blanketed the region this morning, causing hazardous driving conditions, coupled with a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow.
Snow levels are expected to drop to 2,800 feet this evening, with Boise's overnight lows below freezing. More fog is expected for Sunday, Jan. 27.
The long-range forecast calls for snow showers on and off through the week ahead as a storm system sweeps through the region, bringing up to 2 feet of new snow to the upper levels of the Intermountain West.