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.
  • 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 may result from quickly freezing roads which could then become snow covered. Mountain Pass travel may 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. Locally greater amounts possible in the highest terrain.
  • Locations impacted include...Evaro hill...Highway 200 Thompson Falls to plains...Highway 200 Trout Creek to Heron...I-90 Lookout Pass to Haugan...Bitterroot valley...Missoula... Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass...Lolo Pass...Butte... Georgetown Lake... Highway 12 Garrison to Elliston...Homestake pass...MacDonald Pass. 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.

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

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