Southern Idaho braces for strong damaging winds Thursday

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 8:42 PM MDT
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A powerful cold front will cross Southern Idaho and the Magic Valley Thursday morning. The timing looks to be between 8 a.m. and Noon as the front marches from west to east. With this cold front we will see rain along with some snow showers, falling temperatures into the 40s and 30s but most notably will be the strong and potentially damaging winds that will accompany it.

Sustained west-northwesterly winds will be between 35 and 45 mph and gust could reach or surpass 60 mph. The impacts from these winds could be minor property damage in the form of roof shingles, siding and fence damage, to even trees being toppled over and localized power outages. It is important that if you have loose items that could be blown away like a trampoline, you turn it over or secure so it isn’t blown around your neighborhood.

Motorist should also be aware of these strong gusty winds as these could cause localized dust storms that drastically reduce visibility with little to no warning. High profile vehicles like semi trailers and SUV also need to be wary as these winds can push over these vehicles or cause control and handling issues.