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Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect

snowman in Grangeville

Photo by David Rauzi
snowman in Grangeville

Snow is on its way for a white Christmas.

Snow is expected for the region, according to the National Weather Service office in Missoula, which is forecasting total accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with localized amounts of up to 13 inches.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

NWS advises to be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

Forecast Details

Prolonged period of steady light to moderate snow will begin after sunset Sunday, with intermittent bursts of heavier snow Sunday night into Christmas morning. Snow will diminish late Christmas Day but remain showery into Tuesday morning.

Temperatures will range from the mid teens to low 20s degrees, Fahrenheit, Sunday night, rising into the mid 20s to lower 30s on Christmas Day.

The pattern will remain active with above normal precipitation expected through the next two weeks.

“At this time, there are no big single storms we are watching,” according to NWS, “just an active period with a lot of little systems causing snows around 2 inches.”


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