Snow storm

Grangeville residents were out early last Monday, Feb. 4, clearing sidewalks along Main Street following the late-night storm that brought in between 6-7 inches.

Brace for the cold. The National Weather Service Missoula office is advising another arctic event – similar to last weekend -- is heading into the region, with the effects to impact North Central Idaho starting this Saturday, Feb. 9.

“This time, it will be much colder,” said meteorologist Luke Robinson, in a Thursday, Feb. 7 briefing.

The event starts tonight (Feb. 7) and the first part of Friday, a light to moderate snow developing in western Montana ahead of the arctic event, with blowing, drifting snow. According to Robinson, this could create hazardous to dangerous conditions due to low visibility and drifting snow. By Saturday morning, this will be in west central Montana and impact as far west as U.S. Highway 12.

“This time, the wind chills will be our higher concern,” he said, “similar to what we saw last weekend, and the potential for power outages as the front moves through the region.”

“Saturday morning, we’ll be waking up to quite cold temperatures throughout the region,” he said.

Forecast

Town Temperature Wind chill Snow accumulation
Grangeville 33 15 1-2 inches
Lowell 30 14 2-3 inches
Elk City 29 4 1-2 inches
Dixie 27 5 3-4 inches
Riggins 42 22 1-2 inches

“Snow amounts are not our main concern with this system,” Robinson said. “We are more concerned with blowing and drifting snow, and very cold wind chills. Those will be the highest impact to the general public.”

He said the arctic front isn’t expected to make its way into the Camas Prairie region, but it will start off with below freezing temperatures, so what precipitation is expected to fall will be snow.

Sunday through Monday, a second surge of moisture will overrun the arctic air mass behind the front. NWS Missoula is expecting to see higher amounts of snow in North Central Idaho. A long duration snow event could be experienced into the coming week through the region, as widespread as into the lower valleys of North Central Idaho.

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