Christmas 2012: Weather Advisories for Region


Hopefully, everyone made it safe and sound to the relatives' house for Christmas. Getting back home could be a bit more challenging.

The National Weather Service office in Boise has issued a winter weather advisory for southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho through tonight and Wednesday. A new, strong Pacific storm system will sweep into the region Christmas night, with the heaviest snow occuring in Oregon's Malheur County and Idaho's southwest highlands and Owyhee Mountains.

The worst of the weather is expected to hit the Magic Valley, where a winter storm warning remains in effect until Wednesday morning. Four to nine inches of snow are expected, with the largest amounts forecast for western Owyhee County.

Two to four inches of new snow are expected in the lower Treasure Valley, with an additional two inches along the Boise Foothills. Winds will pick up, gusting to 25 to 30 mph in the upper Treasure Valley. Travel is expected to be challenging along Interstate 84 as the snow is expected to stick to the roads in some patches.

The winter weather advisory is expected to remain in effect for the Magic Valley and southern Twin Falls County until late Wednesday afternoon.