Until about noon on Wednesday, very gusty winds will affect travel on the I-90 corridor between Livingston and Big Timber. Blowing and drifting snow is expected, and high profile vehicles may get blown around a bit.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday are supposed to be the windiest period. However, high winds could continue well into Thursday according to the National Weather Service.

  • WHAT...Blowing snow and strong crosswinds expected.
  • Southwest winds gusting between 45 and 65 mph.
  • Highest gusts near Livingston and Nye.
  • WHERE...Beartooth Foothills, Livingston Area, and Northern Sweet Grass.
  • WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon Wednesday.
  • IMPACTS...Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, which along with strong crosswinds will make travel difficult.
  • Travel on I-90 from Livingston to Big Timber, and roads along the Beartooth foothills, will be impacted.
  • Those driving high-profile vehicles or towing trailers should consider using an alternate route.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The risk of blowing snow will diminish as temperatures warm into the 40s Wednesday afternoon.
  • However, strong southwest winds are expected to continue through Thursday night.

In addition, the mountains of southwest Montana are experiencing dangerous avalanche conditions.

  • The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Southern Madison and Southern Gallatin Ranges
  • 10 inches of heavy snow fell onto a weak snowpack in the last 24 hours.
  • We are renewing the Avalanche Warning for the mountains around Cooke City, where an additional 7 inches of snow added to storm totals nearing 20 inches.
  • The snowpack is unstable, and triggering dangerous avalanches is very likely.
  • Avoid avalanche terrain and avalanche runout zones.
  • The avalanche danger is HIGH on all slopes.

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