A violent winter storm to impact Sun Valley (13) | Image: NOAA

Every now and again, there’s a local forecast so ridiculous, it deserves its very own blog post. This my friends, is that forecast.

This morning, NOAA issued a Winter Storm Warning for Sun Valley, Idaho that starts this evening and ends on Tuesday with anywhere between 1-4 feet of new snow by early next week. Yes, you heard that correctly– a 5 day long winter storm with up to 4 FEET OF FRESH!

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The snow will arrive in its heaviest form this evening before other, “multiple rounds of snow” bring even more accumulations throughout the weekend and early next week. Bald Mountain, which currently holds a 31″ base could see its snowpack nearly double in just 5 DAYS!




Sun Valley, ID:

Sun Valley Forecast

Sun Valley

Winter Storm Warning | Friday-Tuesday [NOAA]


* WHAT…Multiple rounds of snow, moderate to heavy at times, with blowing and drifting snow expected. Snow totals for the Sawtooths and surrounding mountains by Tuesday will be 1 to 4 FEET with locally higher amounts above pass level. For the Wood River Valley and Foothills, a minimum of 1 to 2 FEET. For Island Park south to the Big Holes, including Driggs…a minimum of 10 to 20 inches with up to 3 FEET in the mountains. For the Bear River and Caribou Ranges, and Blackfoot Mountains…a minimum of 10 to 16 inches in the valleys and up to 30 inches in the higher elevations. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE…Emigration Summit, Grace, Soda Springs, Wayan, Swan Valley, Victor, Ashton, Tetonia, Driggs, Island Park, Kilgore, Stanley, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Galena Summit, Hailey, Bellevue, and Picabo.

* WHEN…From 11 PM this evening to 5 PM MST Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The combination of snow and wind will create blowing and drifting conditions, impacting travel especially in more exposed areas.

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