Winter Storm Watch:

Issued at: 4:49 am MST on November 28, 2014, expires at: 5:00 PM MST on November 29, 2014
  • ...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon... A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from this afternoon through Saturday afternoon.
  • Impacts/timing: a moisture plume will cause widespread precipitation starting late tonight through Saturday. This moisture will interact with a strong Arctic front pushing southward out of Canada. The front will cause snow levels to drop dramatically. Many valley locations will receive rain... which will then change to snow...followed by very cold temperatures. Strong easterly winds are anticipated with the Arctic front... which could cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Areas east of Highway 93...from Eureka to Arlee...are anticipated to receive the biggest impact from this system.
  • Snow accumulations: valleys: 3 to 6 inches possible...locally up to 9 inches in the Glacier park area. Mountains: 8 to 16 inches possible by Saturday afternoon.
  • Winds: east 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph possible near the mouth of favored canyons...such as badrock.
  • Locations impacted include...Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby... Highway 37 Eureka to Libby...Highway 56 Bull Lake Road... Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish...bad Rock Canyon...Essex... Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake...Marias Pass...Polebridge... Flathead Lake...Flathead Valley...Mission Valley...Polson... Highway 200 Bonner to Greenough...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.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

WINTER STORM WATCH late Friday through Saturday for Glacier Park, the Flathead and Mission Valleys along with the Seeley Swan area.  Snowfall of 3 to 8 inches in the valleys and 8 to 16 inches in the mountains.  This includes Kalispell, Polson, MacDonald and Rogers Passes.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the Boulder, Townsend, and Bozeman areas early Saturday morning through Saturday night. Expect 2 to 4 inches of snow in valleys with 4 to 8 inches in higher terrain.

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.

AVALANCHE WARNING for the Gallatin National Forest near Bozeman.

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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