Drivers warned to be wary this white Christmas

A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of eastern Idaho.

One advisory, which is in effect until 2 p.m. Monday, covers the upper and lower Snake River plains, including the cities of Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, interstates 15 and 86 and U.S. highways 20, 26 and 91. Accumulations of up to 2 inches of snow are expected, and drivers should expect snow and blowing snow, winds of up to 25 mph, slippery roads and significant reductions in visibility, according to the National Weather Service in Pocatello.

Another advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. for the Upper Snake Highlands, including the cities of St. Anthony, Ashton, Driggs, Victor and Island Park. Three to 5 inches of snow is expected in this area, winds of up to 30 mph, and snow accumulations that could reach up to 11 inches in elevations over 7,000 feet. The National Weather Service warns of widespread blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes.

As of late morning, the Idaho Transportation Department was warning drivers to be wary of snow, ice and slush on some local roads, such as U.S. 26 east of Ririe near the Wyoming border, state Route 33 near Tetonia and on the stretch in between Mud Lake and Salmon.

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