Winter Storm To Pack Strong Wind Gusts, Snow Fall - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Winter Storm To Pack Strong Wind Gusts, Snow Fall

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A powerful early winter storm has covered the state in wet and heavy snow, closed schools and shut down sections of highways in advance of a busy holiday travel season.

The Idaho State Police says all roads in Bingham County in eastern Idaho are closed and the agency is urging motorists across the state to stay off roads slick with ice and snow.

The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings across the state until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The conditions have forced the closure of dozens of schools all across southern Idaho and prompted officials at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls to shut down the facility Tuesday.

In northcentral Idaho, the storm was expected to dump up to 14 inches in a region that includes Clearwater and Idaho counties. Forecasters predicted up to 20 inches would blanket Lolo Pass.
      
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