Weather warnings issued for this weekend
With snow and harsh winds expected this weekend, officials are warning drivers to drive slowly and use caution.
(photo by LAUREN REICHENBACH)
Staff Writer | December 1, 2023 1:00 AM
SANDPOINT — Winter weather advisories are being issued across the region warning locals and visitors of heavy snowfall and high winds expected for this weekend.
An advisory issued by the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office said that from 4 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday, the North Idaho Panhandle can expect up to eight inches of snow. Other areas in Idaho are expecting between two and six inches. Wind gusts are likely to get up to 40 miles per hour Saturday.
“Light snow is expected tonight into Friday morning, which may result in slick driving conditions," BCSO officials said. "Snow intensity will likely increase Friday afternoon into Saturday morning."
Other affected areas include the Coeur d’Alene area, Idaho Palouse, Lewis and southern Nez Perce counties, Washington Palouse, the Spokane area, the northeast Mountains and the Okanogan Highlands.
“Slow down and use caution while traveling,” BCSO officials said. “The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.”
Officials cautioned drivers to be prepared for slippery roads, advising them to slow down and use caution. Those venturing outside are reminded to watch their first few steps taken on stairs, sidewalks, and driveways.
“These surfaces could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury,” officials said.