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It’s finally snowing outside, Boise! Just don’t expect it to last for long.

Now is the time to rejoice, snow lovers. Just don’t get used to it.

Snow began falling in Boise at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Boise National Weather Service. The snowfall is expected to end in the early afternoon and will be followed by rain, the NWS said. The rain showers are expected to clear by the evening.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the NWS is warning of slick roads and poor visibility around the state.

Up to 2 inches of snow had been projected in Boise and Caldwell between Friday night and Saturday night, though that estimate is now closer to 1.5 inches. The forecast is snowier in the mountains, with nearly a foot of snow projected at Bogus Basin and 7 inches at both Tamarack and Brundage.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for most of southwest Idaho.

Snow has already begun to fall in the mountain areas. Tamarack reported it has received 9 inches of snow in the last 48 hours and 3 inches since 5 p.m. Friday. Bogus Basin reported 7 inches in the last 48 hours with a base depth of 37 inches.

The McCall Winter Carnival also begins Friday and runs through Feb. 4. McCall is expecting 1 inch of snow over the next 36 hours.

The weather service said there has not yet been any traceable snow in Boise in January, while about 21.5 inches fell here during the same month last year.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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