That light snow falling all over the Treasure Valley Monday is a preview for tonight, when a system is expected to move through the Boise area and leave anywhere from 3-to-5 inches behind before its done by late Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Treasure Valley until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
That means the morning commute might be an adventure. Commuters should expect three or more inches on the ground when they get up and get ready to go to work and school. The snow is expected keep falling through rush hour and likely won't taper off until just before lunch. So, Boise drivers. Consider yourselves warned.
Boise police warned of slick roads Monday night as officers responded to to cars sliding through intersections and into curbs or poles throughout the city. No serious injuries were reported in the crashes, which police say occurred on less-traveled streets. Motorists are reminded to slow down and to remove all snow and ice from car windows before traveling.
The storm should good news for winter recreationists. Bogus Basin Mountain Resort might get up to a foot of new snow by the time the storm moves through Tuesday afternoon.
The snowfall through Monday afternoon probably wont exceed an inch, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature for the Boise area Monday is 36 degrees, which is only three degrees under the average high temp, so driving will likely be OK. The real action begins after 5 p.m., when the warm front is expected to begin moving through Boise.
Once the snowfall is done Tuesday, its supposed to get windy. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. The Boise area could have winds between 30-to-40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph in the Mountain Home area, according to reports. Those brisk winds may be problematic for drivers since the roads will likely be snow-covered at least into the early afternoon.
The estimated high temperature for the Boise area Tuesday is 39 degrees, which means that snowfall should melt off the roads by the afternoon.
After that, the rest of the week looks pretty typically January in the Treasure Valley, with highs in the high 30s/low 40s and lows in the mid 20s. Itll probably be cloudy for most of the week, with the slight chance of an isolated snow shower or two, according to National Weather Service reports. The sun is expected to re-appear by the weekend, but the highs and lows remain the same.