BOISE, Idaho — Near record heat today in the southwesterly flow ahead of an approaching cold front and low pressure trough. Boise's record was 97 degrees in 1986. A few strong thunderstorms were beginning to develop in eastern Oregon by mid-afternoon and into the Magic Valley as moisture rolled up from Nevada. The cold front will push through eastern Oregon this evening and across southwest Idaho later tonight. Some strong thunderstorms may produce brief heavy rain, strong gusty winds of 40-50 mph, possible hail, along with dangerous lightning.
Showers and a few thunderstorms will continue overnight throughout the mountains and the valleys as the front pushes through followed by the deep low pressure trough crossing the area through the weekend. Temperatures will drop 20-30 degrees on Saturday and another 10 degrees or so by Sunday. The west central and Boise mountains could see 1-2" of rain, and valley areas up to 1/2" or more. Snow levels will fall to 5,000 feet for a few inches of accumulation above 6,000 feet through Monday.
Scattered rain showers and afternoon thunderstorms are likely each day through the weekend, diminishing by Monday evening as the low departs the area. Then dry and warmer next week.
Temperatures in Boise in the mid 60's Saturday, the mid 50's Sunday, and in the 60's again Monday and Tuesday. Overnight lows in the low 40's. By the latter half of the week, highs will be back in the mid 80's. Frost is likely in parts of the Magic Valley.
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- Idaho's Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz began his broadcasting career in 1975 working in both radio and television in Weiser, Caldwell, Nampa, and Boise. He has been bringing you the weather each weeknight for over 30 years on KTVB.
- Meteorologist Larry Gebert began his broadcasting career in 1977 working for a radio station while he was completing his degree. He began working in television the following year in Montana before moving to Boise in 1983. Larry has been with KTVB since 1992 working as a meteorologist.
- Meteorologist Bri Eggers joined the KTVB weather team in the fall of 2018. She became a meteorologist while working here in the Treasure Valley, and has earned her National Weather Association seal of approval. After spending four years in Boston, forecasting blizzards, nor’easters and humid summer days, Bri is excited to dive back into mountain meteorology.
- Meteorologist Jim Duthie has been a part of KTVB's weather team since August of 2008, but it's not his first experience with Idaho weather. Jim began forecasting on television in the Treasure Valley in 1998. Prior to coming to Idaho, he had extensive weather forecasting experience both in the private sector and in broadcasting.
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