Winter storm to affect Christmas travel

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(KMVT/KSVT) - A winter storm continues to bring snow to Southern Idaho and could disrupt traffic for parts of the area as people are off to their Christmas weekend destinations.

Through much of Friday, the Wood River Valley picked up the bulk of the snow in the viewing area.

As more surges of moisture is expected overnight Friday into Saturday, scattered snow showers are expected in the valley.

Up to 15 inches of snow is expected in areas above 6,000 feet in the mountains with 6-10” possible below 6,000 feet. This goes with a Winter Storm Warning (pink) for the Wood River Valley until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

A Winter Weather Advisory (purple) remains in effect for much of the Snake River Plain through as late as 6 a.m. on Sunday. In all, approximately 2-6 inches of snow is possible in the valley.

If you are traveling out of the area towards Boise, Pocatello, north through the Wood River Valley and the passes, be sure to check the road conditions before you go. Also be winter weather prepared as roads could be slick and visibilities could be low.

The storm system is expected to exit the area late Saturday into Sunday. This means winds are expected to pick up, especially in the valley areas.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy with lingering snow showers possible, but expected to start clearing in the afternoon as an area of high pressure starts to roll into the area. Temperatures will also decline through the weekend with the coldest day on Monday.

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