Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPIH 011051
AFDPIH

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE POCATELLO ID
351 AM MST SUN FEB 1 2015

.SHORT TERM...TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY. WITH HIGH PRESSURE RIDGING
...RESIDUAL MOISTURE AND CLEARING SKIES....FOG AND STRATUS IS IN
PLACE PARTICULARLY OVER THE EASTERN MAGIC VALLEY...SNAKE RIVER
PLAIN...CARIBOU HIGHLANDS AND UPPER SNAKE HIGHLANDS. LOOK FOR THIS
FOG AND STRATUS TO CONTINUE THROUGH THIS MORNING. BY THIS
AFTERNOON MOISTURE WITH THE NEXT SYSTEM STARTS SPILLING OVER THE
HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE. LOOK FOR 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ABOVE 5500
FEET TONIGHT INTO MONDAY. TONIGHT INTO MONDAY...ANY ACCUMULATION
SHOULD BE LIMITED TO LESS THAN AN INCH ON THE VALLEY FLOORS WITH
EAST BENCH AREAS OF THE SNAKE PLAIN RECEIVING 1 TO 2 INCHES.

ANOTHER SYSTEM MOVES ACROSS THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY.
EXPECT BREEZY WINDS WITH THIS SYSTEM. SNOW LEVELS WILL INCREASE TO
6000 TO 6500 FEET. EXPECT 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE CENTRAL
MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ABOVE 6000 FEET. LOOK FOR 8 TO 12
INCHES OF SNOW ACROSS THE EASTERN HIGHLANDS ABOVE 6000 FEET. LOWER
ELEVATIONS WILL LIKELY JUST SEE RAIN THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE EVENT
AS SNOW LEVELS STAY ELEVATED WITH THIS SYSTEM.
WYATT

.LONG TERM...WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.
SUMMATION OF LONG TERM PERIOD IS ONE SYSTEM EXITING ON WEDNESDAY
WITH SOME LINGERING PRECIPITATION.   THEN SOME DRY CONDITIONS
THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY AND ANOTHER STRONGER AND WET SYSTEM POSSIBLY
FRIDAY INTO SUNDAY WITH SOME HIGH MOUNTAIN SNOW AND RAIN BELOW 7
THOUSAND FEET.  TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN VERY WARM AND ABOVE
SEASONAL NORMAL THROUGH THE PERIOD SO SNOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY
HIGH IN THE 7 TO 8 THOUSAND FOOT RANGE.
GK

&&

.AVIATION...MVFR TO IFR CONDITIONS THIS MORNING AT IDA AND PIH AS
STRATUS MOVED BACK IN AND LOWERED OVERNIGHT.  SHOULD BREAK OUT LATE
MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON AS MID CLOUDS FROM NEXT SYSTEM QUICKLY
MOVE IN.   THINK MOST PRECIPITATION WILL BE IN MOUNTAINS AND FOR NOW
HAVE NOTHING MORE THAN VICINITY AT TAF SITES AND KEPT VFR CONDITIONS
OVERNIGHT OTHER THAN SUN WHICH COULD SEE SOME LOWER CEILINGS AFTER
SUNSET.
GK

&&

.PIH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$








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