Winter Weather Advisory:

Issued at: 1:24 PM PST on February 5, 2016/, expires at: 11:00 PM MST on February 06, 2016
  • ...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ this evening to 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ Saturday above 4000 feet... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow above 4000 feet... which is in effect from 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ this evening to 11 PM MST /10 PM PST/ Saturday.
  • Impacts/timing: a system will be making its way across the northern rockies later tonight through Saturday. This system will cause widespread snow above 4000 feet. Snow showers on Saturday could produce heavy snow over short distances creating variable Road conditions. Snow covered roads will cause hazardous driving conditions...especially over mountain passes.
  • Snow accumulations: 3 to 6 inches above 4000 feet. 5 to 8 inches for Lolo Pass and Lookout Pass by Saturday evening.
  • Locations impacted include...Dixie...Elk City...Marias Pass... Evaro hill...Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass...Lolo Pass... Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon

48-Hour Forecast

HIGH WIND WATCH Saturday for Gallatin, Madison, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties in southwest Montana.  This includes the Bozeman area.  West southwest winds 20 to 40 mph with gusts in excess of 50 mph. 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for most passes along the divide and Idaho border.  Snowfall of 3 to 8 inches.

A vigorous storm system will march through western Montana late Friday night and Saturday.  Winds will increase by Saturday.  Outside of the watch area winds will still gust up to 25 mph.  Snow will develop in the mountains.  There will be a chance of valley rain and snow showers, mainly west of the divide.  Down slope winds will limit valley precipitation.  That may change by Saturday afternoon as snow bands develop.  A quick inch or two of snow will be possible under the stronger bands.  Lows in the 20s to lower 30s.  Highs Saturday in the 30s to around 40.

Partly sunny on Sunday with lows in the 10s to lower 20s and highs in the 30s.

A calm and tranquil weather pattern is expected next week.  Highs will soar above normal across southwest Montana around Butte and Bozeman, warming from the upper 30s to the 40s.  Valley inversions will keep highs in the low to mid 30s in the Missoula and Kalispell areas until late week when highs will finally reach around 40.

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