Powder River

Special Statement:

Issued at: 5:17 am MST on December 21, 2014, expires at: 9:30 PM MST on December 21, 2014
  • A strong disturbance will move across the area today through Monday. Very gusty west to northwest winds will develop by this afternoon across the area. A few gusts around 60 mph will be possible...especially along the higher ridges. In addition...rain and snow showers will be possible throughout the day. Some of this precipitation may be in the form of freezing rain this morning for areas mainly east of Billings. A strong area of low pressure will be over the Dakotas on Monday resulting in continued gusty northwest winds. Wind gusts around 50 mph will be possible. In addition...areas of snow...mainly along and east of a Hysham to Sheridan line...can be expected. Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches along with blowing snow and reduced visibilities will be possible.

First Alert 48 Hour Forecast

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect for all mountain passes through early Monday morning for heavy snow and dangerous driving conditions.
In general passes can expect between 4 and 8 inches with Lolo and Lost Trail passes having up to a foot of snow possible.

Mountain pass snow will be the biggest impact of the heavy precipitation expected over the weekend. Snow levels will be on the rise Sunday night. Low elevation passes like Lookout will see snow change to rain by Sunday morning. Valleys will see a good dose of rain. Higher elevations like Seeley Lake, Ovando, and Georgetown Lake will start out with snow overnight as well. Depending on how fast snow levels rise, these areas could see rapid snow accumulations as much as 5 inches before changing to rain on Sunday.  Rain continues through the day around valleys in the region with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Snow levels start to fall again during the day on Monday, but shower activity will be more scattered. Mountain snow will continue in Southwest Montana Monday with a chance for light snow in Butte and Bozeman by Monday evening.
Tuesday will be largely uneventful with light showers around the state.

We remain on track for another potent system with much colder air reaching us between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Valley snow will be likely with this system.

Matt Gray Watch Meteorologist Matt Gray weekend nights on the NEWS AT 5 and 10. More Details.


First Alert Meteorologists

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Mark Heyka

Mark Heyka received a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

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Brooke Foster

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Matt Gray

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