The National Weather Service issued a weather alert Friday night for a snow squall in the Boise area.

At 7:59 p.m. on Friday, the NWS sent a emergency alert for a rapidly approaching snowstorm with heavy snow, poor visibility, and wind gusts between 30-50 mph. The alert was issued for areas such as Ada County, southwestern Boise County, southeastern Payette County, midwestern Elmore County, northeastern Canyon County and Gem County.

The grain arrived at Meridian around 8:00 p.m. and Boise, Emmett, Eagle and Garden City around 8:10 p.m., according to the NWS. At 8:20 p.m. he arrived near Horseshoe Bend and Lucky Peak. The gust is moving around 50 mph.

The NWS has warned of “life-threatening dangerous travel” and advised travelers to reduce speed, turn on headlights and prepare for near zero visibility.

The storm was expected to last until 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The NWS added that the storm would include rain, snow and graupel, also known as soft hail.

This story was originally published 24 December 2021 8:33 pm.

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