By Ben Olson
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bonner County from Tuesday evening until Thursday morning.
Winter Storm Kori is expected to hit Bonner County Tuesday evening. From 11 p.m. Tuesday night through Thursday morning, temperatures are predicted to warm, creating a potential for freezing rain mixed with sleet. The rain could be heavy at times, with anywhere from .25” to .75” of precipitation predicted.
According to the National Weather Service, Bonner County residents should expect “Areas of heavy ice and snow accumulations … tonight and Wednesday.”
The Bonner County Commissioners called an emergency meeting Tuesday evening to plan for potential office closures due to weather.
“There’s hard pack snow and ice out there now,” said commissioner Glen Bailey. “If we get substantial rain on top of all hard frozen ground, it’s going to create ice.”
Along with freezing rain and icy roads, frozen ground may not disperse heavy rain quick enough, causing a potential for flooding in low lying areas.
The commission passed a motion to notify all non-essential county personnel to check the Bonner County website for possible closures early Wednesday morning. Non-essential personnel includes all county offices not including EMS, Sheriff and Road and Bridge. There was also an understanding that if Lake Pend Oreille School District cancels school county-wide, employees should not come into work.
While freezing rain may cause traffic delays in low elevations, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is expecting three to five inches of snow accumulation over Tuesday night, with a chance of precipitation 100 per cent.