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Winter storm to impact US 12 travel, eastern portion of Idaho County

Winter Storm Warning, Dec. 29-30, 2017

Winter Storm Warning, Dec. 29-30, 2017

Buckle down for a snowy time in the eastern portion of Idaho County starting tomorrow evening, Dec. 29, according to a winter storm warning issued today by the National Weather Service office in Missoula.

Weather, Travel Info Online


A Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

Go online with Idaho 511 at

Weather updates through NWS:

The weather impact will be for the northern and southern Clearwater mountains, and the Bitteroot/Sapphire mountains. Areas forecasted in Idaho County to be impacted include U.S. Highway 12 from Lowell to Lolo Pass, Dixie, Elk City; and within the region: Elk River, Highway 11 Pierce to Headquarters, Pierce, Highway 93, and Sula to Lost Trail Pass.

What is expected

Heavy snow and blowing snow. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 20 to 24 inches, with localized amounts up to 43 inches in terrain above 5,000 feet.

Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

When is this forecasted

The period of most intense snowfall will occur Friday evening (Dec. 29) through Saturday morning (Dec. 30), when snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are likely.


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