Winter Storm Warning:

Issued at: 4:00 am MST on December 20, 2014, expires at: 12:00 PM MST on December 22, 2014
  • ...Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon MST Monday... The National Weather Service in Billings has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow which is in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon MST Monday.
  • Timing...snow will develop this evening. Periods of heavy snowfall will impact the west and northwest facing slopes of the beartooth and Absaroka Mountains tonight into Monday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected during the day Sunday.
  • Impacts...recreation in the high country will be impacted by accumulating snowfall and gusty winds. Avalanche danger may also increase due to the heavy snowfall.
  • Snow accumulation...12 to 18 inches possible.
  • Winds...gusts to 50 mph on the exposed slopes and ridges. 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. Http://weather.Gov/Billings

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

Saturday starts off with dry skies, but by the afternoon wet weather returns to northwest Montana.  Southwest Montana stays dry all day with partial sunshine.  High temperatures end up a touch above average in the mid 30s.
By Saturday night, the entire region runs into the shower activity.  This is a relatively warm system, so the valleys are mainly staring at rain.  Mountain passes will get pummeled by snow.  Travel over our mountain passes will be tough on Sunday.

Monday and Tuesday appear to be relatively quiet days with just some isolated shower activity.

The potential still stands for a more potent snow storm sometime between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  This one will bring enough cold air with it for all valleys to have a good chance at shoveling some snow.  Nice little Christmas present from Old Man Winter...

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