Winter Storm Watch:
- ...Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Storm Watch...which is in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.
- Impacts/timing: potential for heavy wet snow to impact area passes Saturday night through Sunday. Heavy snow followed by rain could make mountain roads very difficult or dangerous to travel on at times. Lookout, Lolo, and lost trail passes will most likely be impacted, with impacts also possible at Homestake, McDonald, and marias passes. Many higher elevation locations such as Elk City, Dixie, and Gilmore Summit in central Idaho, and Georgetown Lake and Seeley Lake in Montana could receive several inches of snow also.
- Snow accumulations: lookout, Lolo, and lost trail passes will be most impacted with potential snow accumulations 6 - 12 inches in 24 hours. Homestake, McDonald, and marias passes could potentially have 2 - 8 inches in 24 hours.
- Locations impacted include...Dixie...Elk City...Bannock Pass... Highway 28 Tendoy to Lone Pine...Highway 93 Lost Trail Pass to Gibbonsville...Lemhi Pass...bad Rock Canyon...Essex... Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake...Marias Pass...Polebridge... Evaro hill... I-90 Lookout Pass to Haugan...Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass...Lolo Pass...Butte...Georgetown Lake... Highway 12 Garrison to Elliston...Homestake pass...MacDonald Pass...Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon...I-90 East Missoula to Bearmouth 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.