The most predictable thing about spring weather is that it’s unpredictable.
The first day of spring in Boise was calm, sunny and warm, with a high of 70. That was above the normal high of 56, but it didn’t break any records.
Mother Nature then unleashed a one-two punch on the Treasure Valley Monday, with the first blustery system out of the southwest passing through around 4 p.m.
Only a trace of precipitation was recorded at the Boise Airport, but parts of Meridian and Eagle got a half inch of rain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Smith. Some areas got hail.
“There was hail west of Downtown Boise,” Smith said. Photos on social media showed streets covered in hail, and there was more hail in the second round.
The second storm hit the region around 8:30 p.m. Smith estimated there were at least 100 lightning strikes in the Boise area, and .36 inches of rain was recorded at the airport.
The maximum wind speed recorded at the Boise Airport was 37 mph, but it was higher in other parts of the Valley. Mountain Home topped out at 45 mph.
Emergency dispatchers in Ada, Boise, Elmore and Canyon counties had no reports of major damages or accidents from the storms.
Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area got another 2 inches of snow Monday, bringing the season total to 187 inches. There’s currently a 52-inch base depth.
The unsettled weather will continue Tuesday. The forecast high is 50 but it’s going to feel like 40 because of northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph. Prepare for rain — and other forms of precipitation.
“It could be one of those days where we’ll see graupel, hail, maybe some snowflakes,” Smith said. He said temperatures aloft are very cold.