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Southern Idaho facing dry, windy weekend thunderstorms

Smoke filled the Treasure Valley Friday morning as fires burn in Boise County and across the state.
Smoke filled the Treasure Valley Friday morning as fires burn in Boise County and across the state. efenner@idahostatesman.com

Thunderstorms are pushing through southern Idaho with wind and lightning, but bringing almost no rain, making for difficult firefighting conditions, said Kori Anderson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“We'll have gusty winds and that won't help (fire crews),” Anderson said, referring to the 52,000-acre Pioneer Fire burning just 2 miles south of Lowman.

The winds and lightning likely won’t let up much until Monday, he said.

“We'll have a chance of thunderstorms each afternoon, especially over the central mountains,” Anderson said. “And we could poss have (thunderstorms) overnight (Sunday).”

The high temperature for the Treasure Valley Friday will be about 95 degrees, and after that residents can expect a gradual cool-down. Saturday’s high is predicted to be 93 degrees and Sunday’s high is expected to top out at 89 degrees, Anderson said.

But, it’ll be dry and windy, making it difficult for firefighters, Anderson said.

After the weekend temperatures will dip down further. Monday through Wednesday will bring high temperatures in the mid-80s, he said.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality issued a Yellow Air Quality Alert for Friday in the Treasure Valley. Smoke from wildfires is settling into the valley, making it more hazardous for children, older folks and people with breathing conditions to be outside. The DEQ noted there’s a burn ban across Ada and Canyon counties, meaning people are not allowed to burn inside or outside. The DEQ also recommended that motorists limit their driving so they won’t contribute as much to the particulate matter levels in the air.

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