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National Centers for Environmental Information

Last month was the coldest October on record in Idaho, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. Records for statewide average temperatures date back to 1895.

 

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Boise will be without Doppler weather radar coverage for three weeks starting at the end of May.

Bogus Basin To Get More Snow As Winter Rounds Out

Feb 7, 2019
Bogus Basin, ski, ski lodge
James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Brad Wilson is Bogus Basin’s general manager. He says that before the storm cycle this past week, they had snowfall quite below average. They are now approaching snowfall at around 85 percent average and have a base depth of 57 inches.

 

 

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Groundhog Day is February 2, and all eyes turn to Gobbler’s Knob. Whether or not Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow could result in winter forecasts being adjusted.

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It’s been pretty chilly here in Boise for the last few days as well as up north in McCall. It is actually that cold?

Winter Weather Systems Expected For Thanksgiving Weekend

Nov 21, 2018
Map of expected snowfall in Idaho through Thanksgiving
National Weather Service Boise

The National Weather Service office in Boise held a special live weather briefing Wednesday morning for those traveling during Thanksgiving and the upcoming weekend.

Wet Winter For Idaho Predicted By Farmer's Almanac

Sep 12, 2018
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Fall is just around the corner, and – according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac – a wet winter will follow.

Searing Heat Bears Down On Southern Idaho

Jul 30, 2018
National Weather Service

The heat has been on for a while, but over the next few days, much of Idaho will bake with extreme temperatures. An excessive heat watch goes into effect Tuesday at midnight for the Treasure Valley.

Boise Enjoys Sixth Warmest January On Record

Jan 31, 2018
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The first month of 2018 was one for the record books. January 2018 was one of the warmest on record in Boise with an average temperature of 37 degrees – six degrees above normal. And the balmy weather is expected to persist.

Old Farmer's Almanac To Idaho: Winter Is Coming

Sep 14, 2017
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As summer winds down, the prospect of winter looms on the horizon. After last year’s record-setting cold and snow, many places are still recovering from the weather. With the seasons changing, one source of weather information is saying Idaho could be in for another rough winter.


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Spring might be here, but gray skies and rain are making it feel more like winter. The storms passing over much of the state are bringing lots of precipitation – and high winds – but things should be drying up soon.

Before nine this morning, over an inch of rain had already come down at the Boise Airport where the National Weather Service has their office. But along with rain – and even a dusting of snow, this storm is packing a powerful breeze.

“The winds here at the airport were about 20 to 30 mph,” National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Wojcik said.

Boise Unlikely To Break Seasonal Snow Record

Feb 8, 2017
Boise River, snow, weather
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The National Weather Service considers the snow season running from October to May; so far this year, Boise has seen 37.6 inches – significant, but not close to an all-time record.

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Officials in southwest Idaho's highly populated Ada County say they've deployed their entire fleet of snow removal equipment and contracted with private entities for more as a winter storm moves through.

The Ada County Highway District on Wednesday says 58 pieces of equipment ranging from snow plows to anti-icing units are in action and that six private road graders have also been hired.

The National Weather Service says about 5 inches of snow have fallen in the last 24 hours in the snowstorm expected to last until late Wednesday in an area that includes Boise.

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Very cold weather is moving into Idaho and that could mean frozen pipes. Suez, the company that handles water for the Treasure Valley, has some tips for homeowners.

If your pipes freeze, the first person to call is your water company. That’s according to Miguel Castro, a Field Service Technician at Suez. He says they can tell you if the problem is in your pipes, or the meter box that belongs to Suez.

Castro says that call could save you some money.

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Tuesday’s snowfall was just a preview of events to come. Another storm is moving into the Treasure Valley, which could disrupt traffic Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Elizabeth Padian  says there’s a warm front moving in from the Pacific Coast.

“With the cold air that we had this morning and today trapped here in the Valley and the Snake River Plain, that’s going to allow that warm air from the warm front to override over that colder air, produce precipitation and it will be in the form of snow here in the Valley,” says Padian.

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A tornado struck an Oregon beach town as strong winds and heavy rain walloped the Pacific Northwest, leaving thousands without power as utility crews prepare for what's expected to be an even rougher storm on Saturday.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Think of it as a giant bubble filled with wildfire smoke.

National Weather Service Boise/Bogus Basin

Spring in Boise means all types of weather, from sunny and hot - it was 101-degrees last Wednesday - to snow. Winter made a brief comeback Thursday at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area with clouds, fog, and some light snow.

The National Weather Service in Boise posted a time-lapse video of the winter weather on its Twitter account. 

NWS also posted photos from Brundage Mountain Resort, which got snow all day on Thursday. 

Bogus Basin Recreation Area

Forecasters have some good news for Boise area skiers. After a recent lull in new snow, Bogus Basin could get two feet by the end of the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting up to four inches of new snow early Friday. Rain is in the forecast for the mountain Friday afternoon, but the snow is expected to resume Saturday and continue through Sunday night. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night, with up to nine inches predicted.

By the time the system winds down Monday, forecasters expect 13 to 24 inches of new snow.

New Map Details Idaho's Encouraging Snowpacks

Dec 16, 2015
Natural Resources Conservation Service

New data from the federal government show the snow season is off to a strong start in most of Idaho.

The latest map from the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows 14 of the state’s 21 snowpack regions are above average for mid-December. Many are well above average.

National Weather Service Boise

The first big winter storm of the season is headed for southern Idaho. The National Weather Service in Boise says a storm is moving in from the Pacific and will bring rain first and then snow.

Josh Smith is a meteorologist in Boise. He says the rain will start Tuesday night in the Treasure Valley. “And then that will be switching to snow probably around 7 or 8 a.m., maybe a little bit later than that, and then we’ll see up to an inch of snow in the Boise Metro area,” Smith says.

Most of the snow will hit Wednesday.

National Weather Service Boise

If you’re going camping over Labor Day, be sure to take a jacket. It will definitely be cold and forecasters say some mountain areas could even see snow.

Temperatures will also drop in the Treasure Valley, thanks to an anomaly in the Pacific Ocean. Forecasters say for the first time ever, three large hurricanes were recorded east of the International Date Line at the same time.

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The migration of sockeye salmon from the ocean to inland parts of the Northwest has been deadly this year. Hotter than normal temperatures early in the summer warmed up low-flowing rivers, and more than a quarter million sockeye are dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

But Idaho Fish and Game biologist Mike Peterson says the conditions are allowing scientists to observe just how resilient salmon can be in warmer water.

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The Ketchum City Council this week passed an ordinance authorizing police to break into cars to rescue pets endangered by high temperatures. It may be the only city ordinance of its kind in Idaho. That could be because most law enforcement agencies don’t think it’s necessary.

Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea says even though his city doesn't have a specific ordinance on it, his officers have the authority to break into a car to rescue an overheated animal.

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Idaho Power sees the highest demand for electricity in the summer when people crank up their air conditioners. And with a long stretch of very hot weather in store, that demand is expected to be very high.

The utility that powers most of southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon set a new record for energy consumption just two years ago in July. Idaho Power spokesman Brad Bowlin says that record could be surpassed soon.

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