Boise experienced its first snowfall of the season Friday morning, about two weeks later than the average first snowfall for the city.
About 2.6 inches of snow fell across the Treasure Valley, starting late Thursday night through Friday afternoon.
️Snow is tapering off in the Treasure Valley with 1.5" of snow observed at our office. However, roads are still snow-covered and slick. Take it slow and drive carefully this morning! Another round of snow is expected this afternoon which may impact the evening commute. #IDwx pic.twitter.com/HpwrRJV7vr
— NWS Boise (@NWSBoise) December 1, 2023
An initial storm blew through Boise in the early hours of Friday morning, dropping 1.5 inches on the city. A second band of snow passed through between noon and 2 p.m., dropping an additional 1.1 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Jaret Rodgers told the Idaho Statesman.
Rodgers said that although the snow was thick and fluffy, it stuck mostly to grassy areas and other cold surfaces, with temperatures around freezing helping keep the roads relatively clear.
Boise could see another dash of snow Saturday, but Weather Service meteorologist Dave Groenert said he expects precipitation to transfer to rain in the lower valleys as temperatures warm. Saturday’s high temperature is forecast to be 43 degrees.
But it’s a different story for the mountains north of Boise.
Bogus Basin had picked up about 3 inches by Friday morning, but snow will continue to fall in the higher regions through Sunday. Groenert said Bogus Basin could receive between 2 and 3 feet of snow by the end of the weekend.
This weekend’s storm is Bogus Basin’s first snowfall in over a week, adding much-needed fresh powder to the ski area, which had seen only 15 inches of snow to start the ski season.
As temperatures heat up through the weekend, snow levels will rise to about 6,000 to 7,000 feet, meaning precipitation at Bogus Basin’s base and below will transition to rain.
“Sunday actually gets to be kind of messy up there,” Groenert said. “The base could be wet snow, but we’re still looking at 2 to 3 feet.”