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NWS-Missoula forecasting winter storms for region

National Weather Service-Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the lower elevations and a Winter Storm Warning for the upper elevations of Clearwater County.

The Winter Storm Warning is from 10 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Monday includes the Northern and Southern Clearwater mountains, Lower Clark Fork region-Bitterroot/Sapphire mountains.

Light to moderate snow will develop by Saturday night. Heavy snow will develop by Sunday afternoon and continue through Sunday night and taper off by Monday morning. Roads may become treacherous at times. Snow accumulations of 10 to 14 and locally up to 24 inches are possible. Locations of particular impact include: U.S. Highway 12 east of Lowell to Lolo Pass, Pierce Headquarters, Lost Trail Pass, Interstate 90 Lookout Pass to Frenchtown and Evaro Hill.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. Those who must travel are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of emergency.


Pierce, at elevation 3,241 feet, is expected to have snow Saturday night with a low around 26 degrees. New snow accumulation of two to four inches is possible.

Sunday there will be snow with a high near 34 degrees and west wind three to five miles per hour. New snow accumulation of three to five inches is possible. Sunday night another three to five inches of snow accumulation is possible with a low around 22 degrees.

Monday snow is likely with new snow accumulation of around an inch possible. The high will be near 31 degrees with a north wind around six mph.

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Orofino/Grangeville region and the Lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region from 7 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Another round of light to moderate snow will develop by this evening and continue through Sunday morning. Snow covered roads and limited visibility will create hazardous travel conditions. Another burst of snow will occur Sunday evening into Monday morning.

Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches over White Bird Grade, 5 to 8 inches on the Camas Prairie and Greer Grade, 1 to 3 inches below 2,000 feet is expected. Visibility will be less than one half mile at times.

Locations of particular impact include: Greer Grade, Camas Prairie, Grangeville and vicinity, U.S. Highway 95 Slate Creek to Riggins and White Bird Grade.


Orofino, at elevation 1,040 feet, is forecast to have rain and snow before 10 p.m. and then snow with a low around 31 degrees. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Sunday, rain is forecast with a high near 39 degrees and light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Sunday night, rain with a low around 30 degrees and light and variable winds is expected. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Monday there is a 50 percent chance of rain with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 38 degrees.

Camas Financial Services
Window on the Clearwater
P.O. Box 2444
Orofino, ID 83544
Phone: (208) 476-0733
Fax: (208) 476-4140