The weather has been cold, but relatively pleasant since a major storm passed through southern Idaho just after the Christmas holiday leaving several inches of snow in its wake. Another cold front might be making its way to the region to start the month of February off.

The month of February might begin a tad bit colder than the past few weeks have been for the Magic Valley. The average amount of snowfall in Twin Falls for the month of February is approximately two inches, according to weatherspark.com. The average temperature for the month in the region is 30 degrees.

An extended forecast for Twin Falls currently is calling for a chance of snow beginning Monday, January 31, and continuing periodically for approximately 24 hours. The average temperature for this first week of February will be 24 degrees, according to the website.

The storm that passed through the southern portion of the state four weeks ago caused the closure of some area ski resorts, knocked power out to thousands of customers, and resulted in several auto accidents. For those planning trips to higher elevations in the state early next week, you might want to make preparations in advance.

More snow is desperately needed in states such as California and Idaho. There are presently large pockets in northern and southern Idaho that have reached a status of "abnormally dry," according to drought.gov. These conditions make the fire season in the west particularly dangerous. Clearing a defensible space from trees and bushes is just one practice that can help homeowners avoid a catastrophe.

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