Silver Bow

Winter Weather Advisory:

Issued at: 10:28 am MST on December 20, 2014, expires at: 5:00 AM MST on December 22, 2014
  • ...Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 PM this evening to 5 am MST Monday... The National Weather Service in Missoula has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow and slick roads...which is in effect from 7 PM this evening to 5 am MST Monday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
  • Impacts/timing: heavy wet snow will impact area passes this evening through late Sunday. Heavy snow followed by rain could make mountain roads very difficult or dangerous to travel on at times. Lolo and lost trail passes will most likely be impacted... with impacts also possible at Homestake... McDonald... and marias passes. Many higher elevation locations such as Georgetown Lake and Seeley Lake may receive several inches of snow also.
  • Snow accumulations: Lolo and lost trail passes will be most impacted with expected snow accumulations of 6-12 inches in 24 hours. Homestake... McDonald... and marias passes should see 2-8 inches in 24 hours.
  • Locations impacted include...bad Rock Canyon...Essex...Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake...Marias Pass...Polebridge...Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass...Lolo Pass...Butte...Georgetown Lake...Highway 12 Garrison to Elliston...Homestake pass... MacDonald Pass...Highway 200 Bonner to Greenough...Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon...I-90 East Missoula to Bearmouth Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities...and use caution while driving.

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.