Winter Returning to Montana!

We have seen some light rain but very gusty winds from the large Pacific storm headed our direction! The peak wind gust at KRTV so far today has been 45 mph ahead of the cold front. The storm has slowed some in arriving, as well expected to see more rain overnight and today, but the latest from the computer models shows us getting into messy weather late tonight.

I hope you remember where you put the shovel, especially those at the higher elevations!

NWS Weather Story

This is the latest from the National Weather Service about the storm:

 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010
 
 GALLATIN-
 INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...
 WEST YELLOWSTONE...TARGHEE PASS
 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010
 
 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY FOR
 ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET...
 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY FOR
 ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET...
 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
 STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH
 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR
 ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER
 WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET IS FOR SNOW AND IS
 IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT FRIDAY.
 
 * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL OVER THE
   HIGHER ELEVATIONS...WITH A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE VALLEYS.
   BY THURSDAY EVENING...EXPECT ALL SNOW AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
 
 * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 FEET ARE
   EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE
   AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
 
 * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO
   35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES 
   BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY THROUGH 
   MOUNTAIN PASSES. 
 
 * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BOZEMAN AND WEST YELLOWSTONE.
 
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
 EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
 MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
  
 
CASCADE-CHOUTEAU-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK- JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-BROADWATER-MEAGHER- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...GREAT FALLS... KINGS HILL PASS...BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...HELENA... MACDONALD PASS...LINCOLN...ROGERS PASS...STANFORD...LEWISTOWN... LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...TOWNSEND...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET... ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 5000 FEET FOR SNOW IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT...WITH A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IN THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS. BY THURSDAY MORNING...EXPECT MAINLY ALL SNOW AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 15 TO 25 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. WITH A WARM GROUND...SNOW WILL MELT ON CONTACT AT TIMES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...GENERALLY KEEPING STORM TOTAL SNOWFALLS A BIT LOWER AT THE LOWER ELEVATIONS. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES. * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: GREAT FALLS...HELENA AND LEWISTOWN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS... LOGAN PASS...CHOTEAU 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY... * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS AFTERNOON AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY LATE TONIGHT. SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY AND TAPER BY FRIDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 FEET ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS AND UP TO A FOOT IS POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW....ESPECIALLY IN FAVORED CANYONS AND MOUNTAIN PASSES. * LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CHOTEAU...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN PASS PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
EASTERN GLACIER-TOOLE-LIBERTY-EASTERN PONDERA-EASTERN TETON- INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...CUT BANK...SHELBY...CHESTER... CONRAD...FAIRFIELD 243 PM MDT WED APR 28 2010 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM MDT FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING...AND CHANGE TO ALL SNOW ON THURSDAY MORNING. EXPECT PERIODS OF MAINLY SNOW FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...AS SOME SNOW MELT WILL OCCUR DUE TO A WARM GROUND. * WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH...WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE QUARTER MILE IN BLOWING SNOW. * SOME LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CUT BANK...SHELBY...AND CONRAD. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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