Some parts of southern Montana may get up to 10 fresh inches of snow this weekend. Southern Gallatin County, the Beartooth Foothills and the Red Lodge areas should be the winners of the end-of-season storm.

The problem here is that travel may be quite dangerous and even treacherous at times as this Winter Storm Watch is supposed to happen in a very short period of time. Mostly between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. (The Red Lodge area may have snow well into Saturday afternoon/evening.)

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Bozeman/Gallatin County area: According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow accumulations could exceed 6 inches.
  • WHERE...Gallatin County.
  • WHEN...From Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be difficult.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This does not include the Bozeman and Belgrade areas.

Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains: According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches possible.
  • Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
  • WHERE...Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains.
  • WHEN...From Friday morning through late Saturday night.
  • IMPACTS...Recreation in the high country could be impacted by heavy accumulating snow.

Southeast Montana: According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow accumulations between 5 and 10 inches possible.
  • WHERE...Portions of south central and southeast Montana. Portions of north central Wyoming.
  • WHEN...From Friday evening through late Saturday night.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult as roads become snow packed and visibility is dramatically reduced. The hazardous conditions could impact the Friday evening commute.
  • Gusty winds could cause significant blowing and drifting snow.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heavy, wet snow will be hazardous to young livestock.

No matter how much snow the southern portion of the state gets, just a few inches combined with gusty winds will make for dangerous travel conditions at times. ESPECIALLY after dark. This might be one of those weekends to stay off the roads if you're able to.

Be safe and be smart!