BOISE -- Winter has arrived in the Treasure Valley. Snow and wind are hitting the valley, and temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits.
According toKTVB Meteorologist Larry Gebert, a Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 5 p.m. Monday until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The cold front is expected to arrive in Idaho around 4 .m. Tuesday and will bring blizzard-like conditions. Blowing snow will create hazardous conditions on Idaho roads, especially in the mountains, and wind chills will be in the single digits. Gebert says that will make it feel like 15 degrees below zero.
The snow andArctic temperatures create ideal conditions for slick roads, so you'll want to be careful during yourcommute.
Blizzard warning in eastern and northern Idaho
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the following areas: Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, Northeast mountains of Washington, Northern Panhandle mountains of Idaho, Washington and Idaho Palouse, Moses Lake, Upper Columbia Basin and Waterville Plateau.
The National Weather Service in Pocatello has also issued a Blizzard Warning for all of eastern Idaho.
Due to quickly deteriorating weather conditions, the Idaho State Police are urging motorists to limit their travel.The Idaho State Police along with local Sheriff's Departmentshandled numerous crashes and slide offs from Bliss to Burley Sunday.
So far, ISP said that most of the crashes have involved minor injuries or property damage.One crash involved 10 vehicles and a vehicle in Valley County went into the river, which required a Swift Water Rescue team to pull the driver from the river. Upwards of 60 crashes and slide-offs had been reported by early Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere in southwest Idaho, Twin Falls County dispatch said they received 74 slide-off and crash reports. Elmore County received around 18 reports, and Valley County dealt with aboutfive reports. Other agencies also received slide-off reports.
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We can expecttwo to fourinches of snow late Monday and into Tuesday in the Treasure Valley,four to nineinches possible in the foothills, and a foot of snow in the mountains.Temperatures will continue to drop andbe below zero in the mountains and the valley on Wednesday morning.
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Travel and the road to Reno
Many people are traveling this time of year for the holidays and the snow can have an affect on both vehicle and air travel. If you're traveling by air, you'll want to keep in contact with your airline to make sure your flight has not been delayed or canceled.
If you're on the road, you'll want to leave extra time to get to your destination. Poor visibility is common and drivers should slow down for the conditions. Take the time to scrape or defrost your windows before you ever set out on the road.
For Boise State football fans headed to Reno for Friday night's big showdown with the Wolfpack, Gebert advises leaving on Wednesday or Thursday for the best driving conditions. Snow is likely to be falling again on Saturday if you are headed back to Boise.
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Some places require chains this time of year, so you'll want to make sure you have the proper equipment. If you do use chains, try putting them on your car in advance as practice so you will know what to do if you are required to use them.
It's also advised that you have some basic snow equipment in your car. A safety vest, water and food, and a foldable shovel are all good things to have handy in case you become stranded in the snow.
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Advice for pet owners
Pets owners are urged to keep a close on their pets because it s going to be too cold an environment for them. Make sure they have a warm place. Also, keep in mind that if they have an outdoor water dish, it is likely to freeze in this weather.
There is some good news with all this snow. Idaho ski resorts are getting closer to opening. Sun Valley is expected to open the mountain on Thanksgiving Day. Officials with Brundage Mountain near McCall say they got five inches of new snow in the past 24 hours andexpect toget another foot Monday night. A decision could be forthcoming Tuesday on whether the resort will have enough snow to open this weekend. Bogus Basin near Boise reported two inches of new snow. No word yet on an opening date.
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