Signs of winter as first snow falls on Idaho ski areas

sdeter@idahostatesman.comSeptember 24, 2013 

The first snow of the season fell at the top of Brundage Mountain Resort overnight Monday and into Tuesday.


Brundage got enough to cover the ground, and some flakes even fell at Bogus Basin.

Just three days into fall, a few popular winter recreation spots in Idaho got a taste of what many of us dream about returning all year: snow.

At Brundage Mountain Resort near McCall, there was enough of the stuff to cover the ground at the top of Bluebird, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Parker. Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the warm ground had made most of it disappear — but the webcam at the top showed a lot of white had returned at 6 p.m. as temperatures dipped again. The snow was still there Wednesday morning:

The story was the same at Sun Valley, where many residents were evacuated from their homes just last month because of severe wildfires. There was still snow at the top of Lookout as of Wednesday morning:

Closer to Boise, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area got a taste, too.

Shortly after the tweet, there were trace amounts visible on one of the mountain's webcams. It appeared the snow was gone by daybreak Wednesday.

Accumulations of a few inches are possible at all three resorts during the next few days — primarily Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

But if you want to go to where the action is, head to that sweet spot north of Sun Valley: Galena Summit. That's where, from Tuesday night through around noon Thursday, around 10 inches of snow were expected to pile up.

Back in Boise, expect nothing but rain and cool temperatures. There's a chance of it all day Wednesday, Parker said, and temperatures will remain well below the norm. The high should top out at 56 degrees, with overnight lows in cooler areas including Eagle and Downtown Boise possibly dipping into the upper 30s.

Showers should taper off Thursday afternoon, Parker said, and the picture will be brighter Saturday. With a high around 70 and lots of sun, it should be, as Parker put it, "a very pleasant day."

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter


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