Boise residents can expect wind and rain for the next couple days, but then quick shifts in the weather patterns could bring snow storms and cold snaps, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds got up to 40 mph in the Treasure Valley Thursday morning, but typically were between 20 and 30 mph, according to Les Colin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“The winds above the North Pacific (are) very strong and it’s pushing a lot of systems through,” Colin said.
Commuters should take it slow on the roads Thursday and Friday, he said.
“Drive more carefully with the wet roads, and if you go up into the mountains you will deal with snow,” he said. Snow is expected to accumulate at elevations above 5500 feet.
But this pattern is expected to shift suddenly over the weekend. Rain and wind Sunday are predicted to change into snow over Boise, he said. Then the temperatures will drop below freezing.
The precipitation will be a boon for local ski resorts. Bogus Basin has seen 34 inches on their mountain so far, and has 14 inches at the base. But they could see more snow fall over the weekend, Colin said.