WARNING: 12″ Possible for SW Montana Mountains, Gusty Winds
Very gusty winds up to 40 MPH may accompany heavy snow in the higher elevations of SW Montana. Most valley areas under the Storm Warning may see 3 - 5 inches of snow, all by Wednesday morning.
It could be a VERY messy Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning across several counties of southern Montana. Travel may be extremely difficult at times with greatly reduced visibility.
The highest elevations in southwest Montana may actually get up to 15" of fresh snow, on top of pretty significant amounts received this past weekend. (Bad for travel but good for snowpack!!!)
Travel between places such as Bozeman and Billings may be dangerous at times. All counties are under some sort of Warning or Advisory for snow and wind. Stretches of I-90 are notoriously windy.
According to the National Weather Service:
- THERE IS A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET
- THERE IS A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6500 FEET.
- WHAT...For the Winter Storm Warning for elevations above 6500 feet, heavy snow. Additional snow accumulations between 6 and 12 inches.
- Winds gusting as high as 45 mph.
- For the Winter Weather Advisory for elevations below 6500 feet, snow. Additional snow accumulations 1 to 3 inches.
- Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
- WHERE...Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison Counties.
- WHEN...Until 5 AM Wednesday.
- Roads, and especially bridges and overpasses, will likely become slick and hazardous.
- Travel could be very difficult.
- Widespread blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
As always, it's important to make sure your emergency kit is stocked and in your vehicle. Double check the front and back windshield wipers and make sure your wiper fluid is filled up.
Using your headlights in inclement weather is absolutely crucial. When the visibility drops but you must be on the road, make yourself as visible to other drivers as possible.
Keep in mind, with only a couple of inches of snow...truckers spray a huge amount of snow to their rear. You might have decent visibility one minute and next to ZERO visibility when passed by a trucker. ALWAYS USE CAUTION!