Fall flakes dust Idaho mountains, again

sdeter@idahostatesman.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Valerie Mills, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise, said 1.7 inches of snow fell north of Sun Valley at Galena Summit from 5 p.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Wednesday. More could fall Thursday, Mills said.

For the second day in a row a few other winter recreation hot spots saw a dusting of snow, too.

At Brundage Mountain near McCall, Mills said the top of Bluebird was snow-covered at 7:26 p.m.

Closer to Boise, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation area had patchy snow at around 6,300 feet.

Mills said this is also the first snow of the season that has affected roads. For example, according to Mills, snow was on the road at Willow Creek Summit in the Central Idaho mountains.

To keep track of other roads where snow and ice is having an impact, click here.

And in Boise?

It rained. A lot.

Three-tenths of an inch fell at Boise Airport on Wednesday, with much of it coming during a one-hour period Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday's rain brings the month-to-date total to 1.38 inches, well above the 0.46-inch average through the first 25 days of September. Year-to-date precipitation is still more than 1 1/2 inches below normal.

Showers were expected to continue overnight and decrease Thursday afternoon, Mills said, with temperatures well below normal. The high Thursday wasn't expected to break 60. The average is 74 degrees. Thursday night should dip to around 40 degrees. The average low is 47.

There is a light — literally — at the end of the tunnel, however.

Friday and Saturday should be mostly clear, with temperatures creeping up each day: 61 on Friday, and 71 on Saturday.

Sean Deter: 377-6450; Twitter: IDS_Deter

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