Winter storm to impact U.S. 12 travel, eastern portion of Idaho County

A resident shovels snow in Whitefish in this file

New Year's Day will be nearly a mirror image of Sunday with temperatures reaching a high near 19 and a low of around 10.

The Winter Weather Advisory was issued because travel conditions will be hazardous. Timing is a little inconvenient arriving by mid afternoon. Currently, many roads and interstates are covered in snow and ice and have reduced visibilities due to blowing snow.

Total snow accumulations within and near the advisory area are expected to run between two and four inches. Southern third of the state picking up at most an inch.

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According to the National Weather Service wind chills in our area are expected to range from 15 below to 25 below zero. Clean up any leftover snow or ice, if possible, because it'll be cemented to the ground later this week.

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However, like Wednesday, the Doppler radar shows the snow has overshot Billings and is forecast to roll back west again and encompass us later Thursday evening. Highs only hitting the mid teens Saturday afternoon with temperatures on a downward spiral throughout the day.

Very light freezing rain is expected to develop this evening into Friday morning. Sunday temperatures continue to drop with highs barely reaching the double digits. Skies will remain mostly cloudy the rest of the overnight hours.

Bitterly cold air sticks around and highs for the beginning of the work and 2018 are looking miserable.

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