Winter Storm Warning:

Issued at: 3:43 am MST on March 2, 2015, expires at: 12:00 PM MST on March 03, 2015
  • ...Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon MST Tuesday... The National Weather Service in Billings has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and blowing snow...which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon MST Tuesday.
  • Timing...Monday evening through noon on Tuesday
  • impacts...heavy snowfall and gusty north winds will produce hazardous driving conditions on area roadways. These conditions will be dangerous for Young livestock.
  • Snow accumulation...4 to 8 inches...with locally higher amounts possible.
  • Winds...north at 15 to 25 mph.
  • Wind chill values...15 to 25 below zero. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning means a significant amount of snow is expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

We are tracking an arctic front that will bring snow showers to the area today. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect through Tuesday morning for accumulating snow and slippery roads for the entire viewing area. Generally, expect 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation with passes seeing up to 6 inches of new snow.

The snow will slowly push south with the front and should pass over the Flathead Valley by early afternoon. Behind the front, winds will pick up and send wind chill values into the teens during the afternoon hours in the Flathead with similar effects expected elsewhere later in the day. By late afternoon, Missoula and Butte should see snow and wind with Bozeman and far Southwest Montana seeing it by early evening. Highs will top out in the low 30s and upper 20s ahead for the front, but quickly drop back into the teens after the front moves through. Overnight lows will be in the single digits to below zero.

Snow showers wrap up quickly Tuesday morning. However, the chill of winter will remain. Many areas will be below zero, with wind chill readings some 20 degrees below at times. Cold conditions continue through Tuesday with another cold start expected Wednesday morning.

A nice warming trend begins Wednesday, with highs back to the upper 30s and 40s Thursday and Friday and what looks to be a nice weekend as things stand right now. We will be tracking a chance for some showers Thursday and Friday during the upcoming week as well.

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