A strong storm system from the West will bring in warm, southerly air this morning, causing snow levels to stay at 7,000 feet and higher until this afternoon.
A Flood Watch is in effect for the Northeast Highlands and Central Mountains until this evening due to rain showers and melting of snow.
Temperatures will max out into the mid 50's for the Snake River Plain and upper 40's for the High Country early this afternoon because the cold front of this storm will slide through, bringing in cooler air, windy conditions, and instability. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Snake River Plain from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. with gusts reaching as high as 40 to 45 mph. Cooler air moving in rises the threat of pop up thunderstorms for the Snake River Plain and eastern Magic Valley this afternoon.
As cooler air seeps through our region during the evening hours, temperatures will plummet down to the freezing mark for the Snake River Plain, lowering snow levels down to the Valley floor. Less than an inch of snow is expected in the Snake River Plain, but 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected in our major cities for the High Country.
Snow showers will linger into Tuesday's forecast, with some clearing in the afternoon time as higher pressure will build in for the Gem and Cowboy state for the middle of the workweek. Expect temperatures will rebound back into the mid 50's, with plenty of sunshine and light winds.
-Meteorologist Liz Cosgrove