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Winter Storm Watch Through Friday Night For SNOW and WIND

With any luck this Winter Storm Watch will do exactly what it says and snow. A lot. However, steady winds are expected as well. Details here:

Winter Weather Advisory in effect through Friday night (photo Michelle Wolfe/KMMS)

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter
Storm Watch… which is in effect from late tonight through Friday
evening.

* Timing: a strong winter storm will affect portions of central
and southwest Montana after midnight tonight and through the
day on Friday. The heaviest snowfall will occur during the day
and evening hours on Thursday.

* Snow accumulations: total snow accumulations will range from 5
to 10 inches at lower elevations… to 10 to 20 inches in the
mountains.

* Winds and visibility: northerly winds gusting to near 20 mph
combined with falling snow… will reduce visibilities below one
half mile at times.

* Other impacts: expect roadways to be snow covered and icy as
colder air moves into the region freezing pavement surfaces.
Additionally… wind chill values will fall into the single
digits below zero by Friday morning.

* Locations affected include: White Sulphur Springs… Battle Ridge
Pass… Bozeman… Bozeman Pass… Targhee Pass… West
Yellowstone… Big Hole Pass… Chief Joseph Pass… Dillon…
Monida Pass… Boulder… Boulder Hill… Elk Park Pass…
Homestake pass… Whitehall… Great Falls… Kings Hill Pass…
Townsend… Flesher Pass… Helena… Lincoln… MacDonald Pass…
Rogers Pass… Ennis… Norris Hill… Raynolds Pass and Twin
Bridges.

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