North Idaho was blanketed with snow tonight.
Eyewitness accounts said by 9:30 p.m., about one to two inches had piled up quickly piled up as huge flakes fell to the ground.
An Idaho State Police dispatcher, who said some areas are seeing “white-out conditions,” said they are bracing for potential traffic accidents as weather complicates travel. Fourth of July pass is getting hit particularly hard, she said.
No accidents have been reported yet, but a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher said “It’s starting to stick to the road.”
Meteorologist Jeffrey Cote said snow this time of the year is “not unusual at all.”
“We do have an area of low pressure centered right over the Idaho Panhandle and that will be edging out as we go into tomorrow morning,” he said. “Moisture wrapped up in that low pressure system is helping produce the scattered showers.”
Spokane and Kootenai counties should see a break in the weather on Saturday and early Sunday before another system enters the area Sunday into late Monday. That system will likely bring with it rain, possibly mixed with some snow at night and in the early morning hours.
Temperatures will warm Saturday and Sunday into the upper-50s and possibly low-60s, before cooling down to a daytime high the lower-50s and nighttime lows in the 30s Monday and Tuesday.