Winter storm warning in effect for mountain passes in northern Washington and Idaho

Winter storm warning in effect for mountain passes in northern Washington and Idaho
Bonnie Brown
PC: Bonnie Brown

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for mountain passes in northern Washington and into North Idaho on Saturday.

The warning will be in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday and impacts the northern and central Panhandle mountains.

Travelers should expect possible heavy snow accumulating anywhere between 6 to 12 inches in Eastport, on Schweitzer Mountain Road, Mullan, Dobson Pass, and Lookout Pass.

The NWS says wind gusts could get as high as 55 miles per hour in those areas, with wind chills in the low 30s and 20s.

A wind advisory is also in effect for Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas until noon on Sunday.

According to the NWS, northeast winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts reaching up to 55 miles per hour along Highway 95, South of the Canadian border to Coeur d’Alene, as well as on Highway 2 from Oldtown to Sandpoint.

The first snowfall of the season hit the Inland Northwest on Saturday.

A powerful cold front is on the way for the weekend bringing strong winds, much cooler weather, heavy mountain snow and rain/snow mix to the valleys.