The HIGHEST elevations could see up to a foot of fresh snow this weekend with a Winter Weather Advisory lasting from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Areas near the Montana/Idaho border should be the most affected. Gusty winds will play a factor in this front as well.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 5 PM SUNDAY FOR SNOW.
  • LOCATIONS - MONIDA PASS, RAYNOLDS PASS, TARGHEE PASS, AND WEST YELLOWSTONE.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 4 TO 12 INCHES... HIGHEST AMOUNTS ACROSS THE PASSES.
  • WINDS - SOUTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
  • TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S TO MID 30S.
  • SNOW LEVEL... 5000 FEET RISING TO 6000 FEET.
  • DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY ACROSS MOUNTAIN PASSES.  
  • FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA, DIAL 511.
  • CAUTION ADVISED DUE TO SNOWFALL ACROSS THE PASSES ALONG THE MONTANA/IDAHO BORDER FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
  • MOIST SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL BRING WET SNOW TO HIGH-ELEVATION LOCATIONS AND MOUNTAIN PASSES NEAR THE MONTANA/IDAHO BORDER FROM INTERSTATE 15 EAST TO THE WEST YELLOWSTONE AREA.
  • THE SNOW MAY BECOME HEAVIER DURING THE DAY SUNDAY BEFORE ENDING BY SUNDAY EVENING.
  • SNOW IS LIKELY TO MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO RAIN AT TIMES THROUGH NEARBY VALLEYS BELOW 6000FT ELEVATION.
(photo Michelle Wolfe/KMMS)