WEATHER ALERT

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Winter Weather Advisory:

Issued at: 8:33 am MST on November 28, 2014, expires at: 11:00 AM MST on November 29, 2014
  • ...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 8 PM this evening to 11 am MST Saturday... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and difficult travel...which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 11 am MST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
  • Impacts/timing: an Arctic front will cause a dramatic drop in temperatures, a change from rain over to snow, and blustery winds starting tonight and continuing through Saturday. Difficult travel will result from quickly freezing roads which could then become snow covered. Mountain passes will also experience blowing snow and low visibilities at times.
  • Snow accumulations: valleys: 1 to 4 inches possible. Mountains: up to 10 inches possible by Saturday afternoon.
  • Winds: southwest changing to east overnight, 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph possible.
  • Locations impacted include...Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby... Highway 37 Eureka to Libby...Highway 56 Bull Lake Road... Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

Winter Storm Warning:

Issued at: 8:33 am MST on November 28, 2014, expires at: 11:00 AM MST on November 29, 2014
  • ...Winter Storm Warning in effect from 8 PM this evening to 11 am MST Saturday... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Storm Warning for snow and blowing snow...which is in effect from 8 PM this evening to 11 am MST Saturday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
  • Impacts/timing: abundant moisture will interact with a strong Arctic front to bring a host of travel impacts through late Saturday morning. While many valley locations will initially receive rain...bitterly cold temperatures will cause rain to change to snow, becoming heavy at times. This will cause hazardous Road conditions. Strong easterly winds are anticipated with the Arctic front, which will cause blowing and drifting snow. Wind chill values well below zero degrees will create a threat for frostbite to anyone outdoors.
  • Snow accumulations: valleys: 3 to 6 inches...locally up to 9 inches in the Glacier park area. Mountains: 10 to 16 inches by Saturday afternoon.
  • Winds: east 20 to 30 mph developing with gusts up to 45 mph in favored areas...such as Badrock Canyon.
  • Wind chills: Saturday morning values between negative 5 degrees and negative 20 degrees.
  • Locations impacted include...bad Rock Canyon...Essex...Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake...Marias Pass...Polebridge...Flathead Lake...Flathead Valley...Mission Valley...Polson. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight... food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

WINTER STORM WARNING late Friday through Saturday for Glacier Park, the Flathead and Mission Valleys along with the Seeley Swan area.  Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches in the valleys and 8 to 20 inches in the mountains.  This includes Kalispell, Polson, MacDonald and Rogers Passes. Subzero wind chill is expected Saturday morning with 30 mph wind gusts with isolated areas seeing gusts over 40 mph.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the Missoula, Butte, and Bozeman areas as well as Libby, Ovando, Philipsburg, Hamilton, Garrison, Drummond, Boulder, Townsend and White Sulphur Springs. Snowfall amounts will vary between 1 and 6 inches depending on elevation for valleys and between 6 inches and a foot of snow in many mountainous areas.

HIGH WIND WARNING until Friday night for Lincoln and Helena in Lewis and Clark County and Norris Hill in Madison County.  West winds 20 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

Light showers around Missoula and Kalispell Friday morning will become more frequent and widespread Friday afternoon. Temperatures remain warm today with highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees.

Friday night arctic air pushes south into the Kalispell area. Rain will quickly turn to snow with windy conditions and plummeting temperatures. The front reaches the Missoula area mid-morning Saturday and is through Bozeman by mid-afternoon. If you're headed to either FCS playoff game tomorrow; dress warmly! Snow showers and difficult travel condtions will persist on Saturday with heavy mountain snow and light to moderate amounts in the valleys. Temperatures will steadily drop throughout the day from 20s and 30s in the morning to teens and single digits during the evening.

Sunday will be very cold with subzero wind chill Sunday morning across the state.  There will only be a slight chance of precipitation with highs in the teens.

Next week look for highs climbing to around freezing by midweek with a chance for snow showers Monday and Tuesday.

Matt Gray Watch Meteorologist Matt Gray weekend nights on the NEWS AT 5 and 10. More Details.

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Mark Heyka

Mark Heyka received a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

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Brooke Foster

Brooke Foster joined the NBC Montana team in March of 2006.

Matt Gray

Matt Gray

Matt joined the NBC Montana weather team in July 2013 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology.


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