4 News Now’s First Alert Weather Holiday Travel Forecast

4 News Now’s First Alert Weather Team wants you to be prepared for this week’s conditions if you plan on traveling.

Here’s what you need to know:


Wednesday is a WEATHER ALERT DAY due to dangerous wind chill readings across the Inland Northwest. Idaho and Washington passes will have icy spots from Tuesday’s snow, so keep your tire chains on standby.

Metro Travel will also be a bit treacherous, so just take it slow and look out for snowplows.


Thursday is also a WEATHER ALERT DAY due to a WIND CHILL WARNING lasting until around noon. Idaho passes should be fine for travel, but the chance of snow will increase throughout the day over the Washington passes.

Metro Travel is looking good though, as most main streets should be plowed by then.


Friday will be a very busy day for drivers, as many will be heading across the passes to be with their families. Both Idaho and Washington passes will be risky for travel. Expect snow over Lookout Pass throughout the day. Prepare for snow mixed with freezing rain over the Cascade passes.

There is also a chance of snow around the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area.


Saturday or Christmas Eve could be the worst day for travel overall. Snow is expected to come down across Idaho passes, with an icy mix of freezing rain and snow on the Washington passes, making for some nasty conditions.

Expect the same wintery mix of precipitation on the roads in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.


Sunday, or Christmas Day, will be a bit better than Christmas Eve. The weather should lighten up a bit, but the roads will likely not be completely clear by then.

Metro Travel will be icy in spots, so take it slow.


Monday should be a good day for travel in all categories. Idaho and Washington passes should be clear, and metro travel should be fine.