JORDAN DRESSMAN – AFTERNOON UPDATE
Friday, September 22, 2017
Good afternoon Southern Idaho, and a very happy Friday. As always, congratulations on making it through another workweek. I feel extra congratulations are in order given the incredibly cold weather we’ve been dealing with. To say we struggled to warm yesterday would be an understatement as highs were only in the mid-40s. I can’t stress enough that we should be in the mid-70s. Given the lack of warming we started cold this morning in the mid-30s.
Scattered rain and snow showers will be the theme through the day today. The good news here is that the later we get into the day the more scattered the showers become. Still given the opportunity for snow across the higher elevations, Blaine County currently sits under a Winter Weather Advisory. This advisory remains in effect until 6:00 P.M. this evening. 2-6 inches of additional snow can be expected across elevations above 8,500 feet. That being said if you are traveling across the higher elevations especially the mountain passes please precede with extra caution.
Skies will slowly begin to clear tonight, and that means some of us could see our first frost of the season. Lows tonight will dip down into the upper 20s across the mountains and low to mid-30s across the rest of the area. If the clouds clear enough then I expect some of the rural areas could dip a little cooler allowing some light frost to form. This means it would be a good idea to cover plants and other sensitive vegetation not only tonight, but tomorrow night as well as we’ll see the exact same set up tomorrow night.
We will begin to see some very slow gradual improvements in our weather as a large ridge begins to slowly move onshore through the weekend and new workweek. I still expect our general flow will be out of the north today through Sunday so I don’t expect we’ll get much warmer than the upper 50s. Once we hit next Tuesday we’ll do a much better job of warming with highs back into the low 70s.
As I type this, keep in mind that it is still summer. The official start of fall is at 2:02 P.M.
TROPICS: Hurricane Maria continues to move very slowly along the coast of the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Currently Maria sits at a strong category three storm with sustained winds of 125 MPH and a minimum pressure of 958 MB. Maria will continue to stay away from the Untied States and actually weaken as she makes her way out into the Atlantic.
FRIDAY: Scattered Showers with most staying dry
WINDS: SW 10-15 MPH
HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 43)
FRIDAY NIGHT: Very cold and some frost
LOW: 35 (Mountains: 28)
SATURDAY: Chilly more sun
HIGH: 55 (Mountains: 48)
SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 58 (Mountains: 51)
MONDAY: Mostly Sunny
HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 54)
HIGH: 67 (Mountains: 58)
HIGH: 70 (Mountains: 61)
HIGH: 73 (Mountains: 64)