Winter Storm Watch:

Issued at: 1:35 PM MST on March 1, 2015, expires at: 12:00 PM MST on March 03, 2015
  • ...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday morning... A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday morning.
  • Timing...Monday evening through noon on Tuesday
  • snow accumulation...8 to 14 inches in the mountains...especially on north facing slopes. 4 to 8 inches in the foothills. Locally higher amounts possible.
  • Winds...north at 15 to 25 mph.
  • Impacts...heavy snowfall and gusty north winds may produce hazardous driving conditions on area roadways...including Highway 87 south of Livingston...Highway 212 south of Laurel... and Interstate 90. These conditions will be dangerous for Young livestock. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch is issued when severe winter weather is possible but not imminent. At this time there is a potential for significant snow. Future driving conditions may become hazardous so it is important to monitor the latest forecasts. Http://weather.Gov/Billings

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

Overnight lows should be warmer than Saturday night with most areas staying above zero, in the single digits to low teens with increasing cloud cover.

An arctic front will bring snow showers to the area Monday. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday morning for accumulating snow and slippery roads for the entire viewing area. Generally, expect 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation with passes seeing up to 6 inches of new snow.

Snow showers will begin as early as 6 am along the US-Canada border and communities like Browning and Eureka. Snow showers will slowly push south with the front and should pass over the Flathead Valley by early afternoon. Behind the front, winds will pick up and send wind chill values into the teens during the afternoon hours in the Flathead with similar effects expected elsewhere later in the day. By late afternoon Missoula and Butte should see snow and wind with Bozeman and far Southwest Montana seeing it by early evening. Highs will top out in the low 30s and upper 20s before the front arrives in your area.

Snow showers wrap up quickly Tuesday morning but breezy conditions overnight and frigid arctic air will mean it will be a very cold start on Tuesday. Many areas will be below zero and wind chill will make it feel even colder. Cold conditions continue through Tuesday with another cold start expected Wednesday morning.

A nice warming trend begins Wednesday, with highs back to the upper 30s and 40s Thursday and Friday and what looks to be a nice weekend as things stand right now. We will be tracking a chance for some showers Thursday and Friday during the upcoming week as well.

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