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15 Inches Of Snow For Bonners Ferry

Heavy snow has been falling in portions of North Idaho today with up to 15 inches measured in the Bonners Ferry area through about 1 p.m. At the same time, winter storm warnings were issued for Wednesday and Thursday for Northeast Washington and North Idaho as a new storm system and arctic front arrive. The 15 inches were measured by a trained spotter just south of Bonners Ferry today, while another spotter six miles to the northeast had 12.5 inches as of early this afternoon. Heavy snow was also falling in Latah County and portions of the Washington Palouse. The Idaho State Police were asking drivers in Latah County to stay off the roads for the time being. Moscow had 6 inches of snow as of about 1:20 p.m., according to a trained spotter/Mike Prager, SR. More here.

Question: Anyone pulling his/her hair out today because we're not suppose to get this much snow in late February and minus-3 degrees awaits at week's end?

9 Inches Of Snow Headed Our Way

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter storm warning for Eastern Washington and North Idaho with up to 9 inches of snow expected in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. The winter storm watch is in effect north of Lewiston and it includes central Washington. Today’s weather continues to be cold with arctic air flowing southward from Canada. Highs today under sunny skies should reach the lower 20s, but tonight’s low may drop to near zero. The Weather Service is predicting a low of 2 at Spokane International Airport/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: I need to gauge the amount of Cabin Fever that's out there as mid-January approaches. On a scale of 1-10, with one being “out of the ledge and ready to jump” and 10 being “yippee!” how are you doing with winter so far?

Crump: Shoulda Stayed In Bed

There can’t be excellence without there also being abomination; it’s a rule of nature. May 1, July 4, Sept. 26? They’re usually pretty good days to be alive. But Jan. 2, the day after New Year’s Eve and the high season of hangovers? Not so much. Julius Caesar and later Pope Gregory XIII arranged the calendar so the shortest and darkest days would fall at the end of the year and at the beginning of the next one. And the mother of all ugly days is just now peeking over the southern horizon. The sun will rise at 8:08 this morning and set at 5:16 this afternoon. That’s nine hours and eight minutes of daylight. And what are you going to do with all that sunlight? Freeze, that’s what/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

DFO: 2 of the most beautiful days of the year occurred Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, as far as I'm concerned. Cold? Yes. But absolutely beautiful, with the snow shining off last Wednesday's snow. Mother Nature, of course, has a lot more to work with in North Idaho than she has in Twin Falls area.

Question: Are you tired of winter, yet? Or do you enjoy the first & coldest season of the year?

Neighbors Rescue East Side Llamas

We recently heard from some of our friends and KEA members from the east side of Coeur d’Alene Lake about how a small herd of llamas at Arrow Ranch was struggling to survive the recent winter weather. We thought we’d pass along their story:

“When the snow began last Monday [before Thanksgiving], I noticed the herd of fifteen clustered around the manger in the pasture.  As the week progressed, I would pass them on my way into town and again later in the day.  They were always standing there.  Oddly, I never saw them eating anything. Finally, I stopped to investigate.  Nowhere was there any evidence that these animals had been fed since the snow began.”: More here.

Question: Are you more mindful of vulnerable animals during cold snaps and heavy snowfalls?

Tom Sherry Predicts Snow, Cold

KREM 2 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sherry is predicting you’ll probably need your snow blowers and snow shovels more this winter than you did last year. Tom is forecasting a La Nina weather pattern, which traditionally calls for colder temperatures and more snowfall during the winter.  This is the same pattern that brought 98 inches of snow in 2008-2009 and 93 inches of snow in 2007-2008 in the Inland Northwest.  Last winter the region experienced an El Nino pattern and led to one of the smallest amounts of snow on record. Tom is calling for about 60 inches of snow this winter.  Our average amount of snowfall is 46 inches/KREM. More here.

Question: Do you enjoy snow?

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