It looks like Boise is going to get a warm Christmas, not a white one.
Holiday travel will be very hard because of heavy and blowing snow and reduced visibility, the weather service said.
Travel will be very hard along Interstates 70 and 76 into Kansas and Nebraska, as 4-8 inches of snow, 0.1 inch of ice and 40 mph-plus wind gusts will be possible.
St. George and Cedar City saw a small amount of rain Tuesday morning, that mixed into trace amounts of snow. Unfortunately, we couldn't get that white Christmas this year, but overall it won't be a bad day. A system is approaching from the Pacific that will bring below normal temperatures, valley rain, and mountain snow for Christmas Day.
By Wednesday, conditions are looking really good for traveling.
The trough will dig into the Great Basin early next week and will continue to bring isolated light showers to the higher elevations.
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Monday: Cloudy and cold.
"It's definitely a concern for travel", Wheeler said.
"Basically we've lost most of the snow we've had", said Scott. "There's patches, but it's pretty much gone". On Christmas Day, the temperature is expected to fall slightly short of that, Vallier-Talbot said, hitting 35 or 36 degrees. Highs on Christmas are forecast to reach the upper 30s. The snow will gradually come to an end throughout the day, with just a few lingering flurries possible by Saturday morning.
Broad ridging builds over the region Christmas evening into mid-week which will afford a return to drier weather.
Across Yukon, it will be about -14 C on Monday and Tuesday but feeling closer to -20 C.