Montana winter storm warning to be followed by storm watch
2:20 p.m.: The winter storm warning in northwest Montana will remain in effect through 11 a.m. Wednesday, and it will be followed with a new winter storm watch issued today by the National Weather Service, Missoula, which goes into effect late Wednesday night through late Thursday night.
Additional snow accumulations of about two inches in the valleys and five to eight inches in the mountains are expected before the current warning expires, and from five to 11 inches more is possible while the winter storm watch is in effect. In addition, the storm watch calls for rapidly dropping temperatures and winds gusting to 35 miles per hour.
Power outage update
1:53 p.m.: Northern Lights reports all Boundary County power restored but many outages still being worked on in Bonner County, where as much as two feet of valley snow has been reported. Snowfall has abated in Bonners Ferry, but is forecast to resume at about 6 p.m. and continue into Wednesday morning.
1:21 p.m.: I’ve been notified that the local internet service provider NorthIdaho.Net has gone down. No estimate has been given for when service will be restored.
7:42 a.m.: I am back online after a brief power outage on Bonners Ferry’s North Side. No word on city outages but several more Northern Lights customers are now without power. I’ve received word of numerous trees down on McArthur Road, some blocking.
6:30 a.m. Six Boundary County Northern Lights customers are now reported without power up Meadow Creek Road. No estimates yet as to when service will be restored.
6:21 a.m.: I’ve received word of several trees down on Moon Shadow Road in the Three Mile area, road crews are working to get them off the roadway.
5:43 a.m.: No scanner traffic as far as road conditions or problems, but motorists are advised that roads are snow-packed and slick, and extra time should be allowed as you make your morning commute. Plows have been out since early morning on the highways, county roads and Bonners Ferry city streets. An estimated five to seven inches of snow has fallen overnight on Bonners Ferry’s North Side.
4:48 a.m.: Boundary County School District 101 schools are closed today, Tuesday, January 9, due to adverse weather conditions.
Other school closures today in North Idaho include Lake Pend Oreille School District, Kootenai School District, Northport School District, West Bonner School District, North Idaho Stem Charter Academy, Hayden Canyon Charter, Lakeland School District and Plummer/Worley School District.