Mother Nature is Coming for the Montana Idaho Border This Week
This week won't be a great time for travel to Idaho. Up to two feet of snow and very gusty winds are expected around West Yellowstone and along the Montana/Idaho border.
CHECK MONTANA HIGHWAY WEBCAMS IN REALTIME HERE
It's pretty rare that we see the phrase "travel could be difficult to impossible" so let's take this advisory seriously. Even with just a FEW inches of snow falling in that area can cause poor visibility - this storm is supposed to bring up to two feet and very gusty winds. That makes for a dangerous combination.
The area surrounding West Yellowstone, Hebgen Lake, southern Highway 191, Highway 287 along the Madison River and Highway 87 to the Idaho border are all in the target zone.
Obviously, this is a main driving and trucking route south into Idaho. Cell coverage can be VERY spotty and services/stores are few and far between. Whiteout conditions occur frequently because of the wide open roads.
- A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
- Travel may be very difficult and/or dangerous at times during this storm event.
- WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
- Total snow accumulations between 5 and 10 inches possible for most of the area, though locations near West Yellowstone and along the Idaho border could see 12 to 24 inches.
- Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
- WHERE...Gallatin and Madison County Mountains and Centennial Mountains.
- WHEN...From late Wednesday night through Friday afternoon.
- IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
- The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning and evening commutes.
CHECK THE REALTIME MDT HIGHWAY CRASH MAP HERE
Even if the forecast lightens up a bit, this time period isn't the best to be driving back and forth to Idaho. Should you need assistance, it will take a long time and could potentially be life-threatening.