Winter Weather Advisory:

Issued at: 5:28 am MST on March 1, 2015, expires at: 11:00 AM MST on March 03, 2015
  • ...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 2 PM Monday to 11 am MST Tuesday... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, blowing snow and cold wind chills...which is in effect from 2 PM Monday to 11 am MST Tuesday.
  • Impacts/timing: a moist weather disturbance will combine with an Arctic air mass to produce accumulating snow, gusty northeast winds and cold wind chills late Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Heavy snow bands producing significant snow in a short period of time are possible. Travel will be impacted, especially during the Monday evening commute, due to snow and blowing snow. The cold and wet conditions will impact Newborn livestock.
  • Snow accumulations: 2 to 4 inches, locally higher.
  • Blowing snow: visibility quickly reduced to less than a mile at times, especially near Hellgate Canyon.
  • Wind chills: 5 below zero to 15 below zero starting Monday evening. Colder wind chills to near 20 below zero in southwest Montana.
  • 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...Highway 200 Bonner to Greenough... Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon...I-90 East Missoula to Bearmouth Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing 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. Cold wind chills will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

February will end with a cold weather pattern across western Montana.  Skies will be clear to partly cloudy this weekend.  March will start very cold, with lows dropping below zero in Butte, to just a degree or so above zero in Bozeman.  Lows will be near 10 in Kalispell and the lower 10s in Missoula.  Highs Sunday in the 20s in Bozeman and Butte to the lower 30s in Missoula and Kalispell.

 Another arctic front will impact the region late Monday and Tuesday.  There will be more moisture available, so accumulating snow will be possible, with a trace to 3 inches in the valleys and 3 to 6 inches in the mountains. Snow will develop across northwest Montana around Kalispell late Monday afternoon with all the of region having the best chance of snow between 6 pm Monday and noon Tuesday.  Very cold Wednesday morning with lows dropping below zero in Bozeman and Butte to the single digits above zero in Missoula and Kalispell.

A nice warming trend after that, with highs back to the upper 30s and 40s Thursday and Friday.

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