Winter Storm Watch:

Issued at: 2:55 PM MDT on October 30, 2014, expires at: 5:00 PM MST on November 02, 2014
  • ...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Storm Watch...which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.
  • Impacts/timing: accumulating snow will make for difficult travel over mountain passes. High elevation valleys in southwest Montana will also receive accumulating snow impacting travel. Timing for the most significant snowfall accumulations is late Saturday afternoon through early Sunday afternoon.
  • Snow accumulations: 4-8 inches above 4500 feet, locally more in the higher terrain.
  • Locations impacted include...Dixie...Highway 12 Lowell to Lolo Pass...Bannock Pass...Highway 93 Lost Trail Pass to Gibbonsville...Essex...Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake...Marias Pass...Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass...Lolo Pass...Butte...Georgetown Lake...MacDonald Pass...Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon...I-90 Drummond to deerlodge. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

WINTER STORM WATCH late Saturday through Sunday for most all passes across western Montana and lower elevations including Bozeman, Butte, Anaconda, Seeley Lake and Georgetown Lake.  Snowfall of 4 to 14 inches in the mountains and 1 to 4 inches in the lower elevations.  Missoula and Kalispell are not under the watch, but rain may change to snow by Sunday morning.

HALLOWEEN FORECAST:  Partly sunny, breezy and very mild with highs in the upper 50s in Kalispell to the 60s in Missoula, Bozeman and Butte.  It will be dry Friday evening for trick-or-treaters!

A major winter like storm will bring rain and snow to the region this weekend.  Rain and snow will develop by Saturday afternoon and spread across the region Saturday night.  As colder air invades Montana, the rain will change to snow at the lower elevations.  Besides snow in the mountains and some lower elevations, rainfall preceding the snow will be widespread, with some areas receiving a quarter to almost an inch of rain.

Highs Saturday in the upper 40s in Kalispell, the 50s in Missoula and Butte to the 60s in Bozeman.  Colder area wide Saturday night and Sunday.  Lows in the upper 20s and 30s with highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s.

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