Archive for February, 2011

Get ready for another hard shot of winter overnight!

February 28, 2011

Strong winds will continue, especially along the Rocky Mountain Front for the rest of this afternoon and part of this evening. A cold front will move southward late tonight through tomorrow morning. The end result will be much colder temperatures, snow and northerly winds.

High wind warnings, winter weather advisories and other products are in effect this afternoon as our weather pattern begins to shift back to colder weather again! It seems like this is the winter that never wants to end to me!

Overnight snow is likely with blowing snow as well. We could see anywhere from 1″ to 3″ of snow tonight and gusty northwest winds, near 30 mph at times, gradually decreasing in intensity. Low near zero with wind chill factors near -15.

Tuesday snow and cold.  Northeast winds between 5-10 mph and the possibility exists for another 1″-3″ of snowfall. Our high temperature of 7 with a low of 5.

Wednesday partly sunny with a slight chance of snow showers. High in the mid 30’s and a low into the lower 20’s.

NWS Weather Story on strong winds

NWS Weather Story on Winter returning, again!

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A nice Sunday but winter is not over for us!

February 27, 2011

 

KRTV Bunny grumpy about the long winter weather!

Even the bunny rabbits around KRTV seem to have an attitude about our weather. This photo was taken by KRTV Chief Engineer Marlowe Rames outside the station Friday. This guy doesn’t appear too happy with the weather.

 

Most areas are seeing mild and dry conditions, although gusty winds will continue along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountain front. A winter storm warning is in effect for the front this afternoon through early Tuesday with strong winds and heavy snow at times.

I stopped along River Drive and snapped a few pictures of the geese, and snow drifts. The 40-50 mph wind gusts Saturday certainly did pile up the snow drifts!

 

Pretty lonely on the River's Edge Trail today!

This 35 degree weather feels pretty good!

Drifting along the picnic stop

 

Have a great weekend and get ready for more snow and colder weather, it appears as early as Monday night or Tuesday!

Fred

Coldest temperatures of the season tonight! Records may fall.

February 24, 2011

It appears like January weather is moving into late February! Tonight looks to be the coldest for temperatures of the season! Wind chill advisories have just been extended until 11 pm tonight in Central Montana. Eastern Montana has a wind chill advisory until Noon Friday!

Sub-zero temperatures and any amount of wind will put a big stress on new calves and those outdoors during calving season. It is too bad it will get this cold during this time of the year.

Don’t forget your pets! They need protection as well and if you are going to be outdoors, bundle up. Exposed skin and freeze in short order with the temperatures and the wind that may be blowing as well. Even a 5 mph wind makes a difference, just walking and you can feel the difference!

Be careful, cautious and check the website often for changing weather conditions!

Fred

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
415 PM MST THU FEB 24 2011

RECORD OR NEAR RECORD MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR TONIGHT.

LOCATION             FORECAST LOW        RECORD LOW
BOULDER                   -18               -18
CHESTER                   -28               -29
CHINOOK                   -32               -30
CHOTEAU                   -23               -26
CONRAD                    -25               -23
CUT BANK                  -27               -24
DILLON AIRPORT            -12               -15
FORT BENTON               -23               -22
HELENA                    -19               -19
LEWISTOWN                 -23               -19
SHELBY                    -30               -19
STANFORD                  -23               -21
TOWNSEND                  -17               -19
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS     -18               -19

RECORD OR NEAR RECORD MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR TOMORROW
NIGHT.

LOCATION             FORECAST LOW        RECORD LOW
CHESTER                   -23               -26
CHOTEAU                   -20               -22
CONRAD                    -21               -23
FORT BENTON               -23               -24
LEWISTOWN                 -22               -19
TOWNSEND                  -19               -17
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
241 PM MST THU FEB 24 2011

EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-CHOUTEAU-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-TOOLE-LIBERTY-
EASTERN PONDERA-BLAINE-EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...
GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...
FLESHER PASS...HELENA...LINCOLN...MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS...
SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...CHINOOK...FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...
JUDITH GAP...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE
241 PM MST THU FEB 24 2011

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS
EVENING...

THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS
EVENING.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: A BITTERLY COLD ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL
  PERSIST OVER THE REGION THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY NIGHT. NORTH TO
  NORTHEAST WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH WILL COMBINE WITH THE VERY COLD
  TEMPERATURES TO CREATE HAZARDOUS WIND CHILL VALUES THROUGH THIS
  EVENING.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: 30 TO 40 BELOW ZERO.

* TEMPERATURES: NEAR RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES OF 20 BELOW TO AROUND
  30 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED BY FRIDAY MORNING.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THESE CONDITIONS MAY BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR
  YOUNG LIVESTOCK.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: FAIRFIELD...CHESTER...STANFORD...
  JUDITH GAP...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...SHELBY...
  CHINOOK...BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...CONRAD...HAVRE... CUT
  BANK...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...FLESHER PASS...
  HELENA...LINCOLN...MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Winter is back and cold temperatures too!

February 23, 2011

Snow is scattered over parts of the state today as an Arctic front settles in over the state. Several Advisories and Warnings have been issued for parts of Montana. You will find the text of those products below.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
1026 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-CHOUTEAU-
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-TOOLE-LIBERTY-
EASTERN PONDERA-BLAINE-EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS…CUT BANK…HAVRE…
GREAT FALLS…KINGS HILL PASS…BIG SANDY…FORT BENTON…
FLESHER PASS…HELENA…LINCOLN…MACDONALD PASS…ROGERS PASS…
SHELBY…CHESTER…CONRAD…CHINOOK…FAIRFIELD…STANFORD…
JUDITH GAP…LEWISTOWN…LEWISTOWN DIVIDE…WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
1026 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE
THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT WITH TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 5 INCHES OVER THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL REMAIN NORTHERLY WITH GUSTS T0
AROUND 20 MPH CREATING LOCAL AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES AND WIND CHILL: TEMPERATURES WILL TREND DOWNWARD AS AN ARCTIC AIRMASS SETTLES INTO THE AREA. BY THURSDAY MORNING…LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED WITH TEMPERATURES OF 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO BY FRIDAY MORNING.
IN ADDITION TO THE VERY COLD TEMPERATURES… WIND CHILL VALUES
OF 20 BELOW TO 40 BELOW ZERO ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THESE CONDITIONS MAY BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS
FOR YOUNG LIVESTOCK.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: FAIRFIELD…WHITE SULPHUR
SPRINGS…STANFORD…CHINOOK…CONRAD… SHELBY…CHESTER…
CUT BANK…HAVRE…GREAT FALLS… KINGS HILL PASS…BIG
SANDY…FORT BENTON…FLESHER PASS… HELENA…LINCOLN…
MACDONALD PASS…ROGERS PASS… JUDITH GAP…LEWISTOWN…
LEWISTOWN DIVIDE.

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.
——————————————-
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GLASGOW MT
323 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST PHILLIPS-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN VALLEY-
WESTERN ROOSEVELT-PETROLEUM-GARFIELD-MCCONE-RICHLAND-DAWSON-
PRAIRIE-WIBAUX-SOUTHWEST PHILLIPS-EASTERN ROOSEVELT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…MALTA…SACO…GLASGOW…FORT PECK…
HINSDALE…FRAZER…WOLF POINT…POPLAR…WINNETT…JORDAN…
CIRCLE…SIDNEY…FAIRVIEW…GLENDIVE…RICHEY…TERRY…WIBAUX…
ZORTMAN…CULBERTSON
323 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GLASGOW HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST THURSDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: 20 TO 40 BELOW ZERO.

* TIMING: LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDASY AFTERNOON.

* OTHER IMPACTS: NORTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WILL PRODUCE SOME
DRIFTING OF LOCAL ROADWAYS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TRY TO DRESS ADEQUATELY. BE SURE TO WEAR LAYERED LIGHT WEIGHT AND WIND PROOF CLOTHING… AND WEAR A HAT AND MITTENS FOR PROTECTION FROM THE DANGERS OF FROSTBITE.

———————————————————————-

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT
528 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

WEST GLACIER REGION-
528 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY…

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS/TIMING: SNOWFALL AND GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS WILL BOTH INTENSIFY EARLY THIS EVENING. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND WIND WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD BLOWING/DRIFTING OF SNOW AND LOCAL BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH RAPID REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY. THIS WILL CREATE EXTREMELY TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THURSDAY. DRAMATICALLY FALLING TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH CONTINUED GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS WILL ALSO PRODUCE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: ADDITIONAL VALLEY ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6
INCHES TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY. AN ADDITIONAL 6 TO 12 INCHES
OVER MARIAS PASS AND HIGHER TERRAIN.

* VISIBILITY: LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* WIND: NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH DURING THE DAY…INTENSIFYING TO SPEEDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY.

* WIND CHILL: 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO LATE THIS AFTERNOON…BECOMING
25 TO 40 BELOW ZERO BY THURSDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…BAD ROCK CANYON…ESSEX…HIGHWAY
83 BIGFORK TO SWAN LAKE…MARIAS PASS…POLEBRIDGE

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW…
BLOWING SNOW…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY
HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

———————————————–

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 1135 AM MST WED FEB 23 2011

 IMPRESSIVE WINTER SNOWFALL TOTALS CONTINUE TO ACCUMULATE ACROSS
 NORTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA. SOME AREAS HAVE SET
 NEW RECORDS FOR SNOWFALL FOR THE SEASON TO-DATE. THESE INCLUDE GREAT
 FALLS...HOBSON...SIMPSON AND TURNER. SIMPSON AND TURNER ARE CLOSE TO
 MATCHING THEIR RECORD HIGHEST SEASONAL SNOWFALL.

 LOCATION    SNOW FOR  RANKING      RECORD FOR  /NORMAL /RECORD ENTIRE
              SEASON                SEASON      /SEASON    SEASON
               FEB 23               THRU FEB 28 / FEB 28
 BIG SKY       148.0  3RD SNOWIEST 196.1 1996-97..126.4..258.0 2007-08
 BOZEMAN MSU    80.2  6TH SNOWIEST 119.2 1941-42...56.7..157.5 1996-97
 CASCADE 20SSE  51.7  2ND SNOWIEST  57.1 2003-04...30.9...95.1 2003-04
 CHESTER        48.3  2ND SNOWIEST  59.5 2008-09...21.0...85.0 2008-09
 CHINOOK        46.5  3RD SNOWIEST  55.3 1993-94...21.6...63.0 1995-96
 CHOTEAU        39.0 12TH SNOWIEST  58.0 1977-78...24.4...90.0 1966-67
 CONRAD         41.0 12TH SNOWIEST  61.5 1946-47...23.0...82.0 1934-35
 EAST GLACIER  123.4 22ND SNOWIEST 249.0 1971-72..116.3..284.0 1971-72
 FT ASSINIBOINE 39.8  3RD SNOWIEST  42.8 1958-59...24.2...50.1 1989-90
 FORT BENTON    60.1 12TH SNOWIEST 111.4 1958-59...32.0..114.1 1958-59
 GOLD BUTTE     85.6  2ND SNOWIEST  89.0 2006-10...37.8..127.0 2006-07
 GRASS RANGE    51.4 10TH SNOWIEST  99.8 1958-59...30.7..118.0 1958-59
 GREAT FALLS    82.6  SNOWIEST      70.9 1958-59...39.8..120.2 1988-89
 HARLEM         48.0  3RD SNOWIEST  58.8 1964-65...22.8...68.2 1964-65
 HAVRE          60.0  3TH SNOWIEST  68.5 1977-78...30.8...93.4 1981-82
 HOBSON         78.6  SNOWIEST      73.6 2009-10...MSG ...92.9 2009-10
 MILLEGAN 14SE 156.0  2ND SNOWIEST 166.0 2009-10...65.2..179.0 2007-08
 NEIHART       107.0  5TH SNOWIEST 158.1 1965-66...68.8..156.0 1981-82
 SHELBY         35.3  4TH SNOWIEST  43.0 1948-49...18.5...68.2 2008-09
 SIMPSON        60.9  SNOWIEST      42.1 2009-10...21.9...61.8 1966-67
 STANFORD       52.2  6TH SNOWIEST  79.7 1971-72...32.8..118.4 1974-75
 TURNER         51.2  SNOWIEST      46.5 1985-86...18.7...53.8 2003-04
 W YELLOWSTONE 158.6 11TH SNOWIEST 241.1 1994-95..122.3..316.6 1994-95
 W SULPHUR SPGS 50.6               116.5 1947-48.. 23.9..142.5 1963-64

 SOME RECORDS AND NEAR RECORDS FOR MONTHLY SNOWFALL HAVE BEEN
 ESTABLISHED OVER THE WINTER.

              MONTH          SNOW
 BIG SKY      NOVEMBER 2010  51.1..OLD RECORD 41.9 INCHES IN 2005.
 BOZEMAN MSU  FEBRUARY 2011  26.6..2ND HIGHEST IN FEBRUARY. RECORD
                                   IS 28.1 INCHES IN 2005.
 CASCADE 20SE FEBRUARY 2011  21.8..2ND HIGHEST IN FEBRUARY. RECORD
                                   IS 24.0 INCHES IN 1958.
 CHOTEAU      FEBRUARY 2011  17.0..2ND HIGHEST IN FEBRUARY. RECORD
                                   IS 18.5 INCHES IN 1894.
 GREAT FALLS  FEBRUARY 2011..31.7..OLD RECORD 28.8 INCHES IN 1958.
 GOLD BUTTE   NOVEMBER 2010  30.3..OLD RECORD 25.2 INCHES IN 1958.
 MILLEGAN     NOVEMBER 2010  52.0..OLD RECORD 51.0 INCHES IN 2005.
 NEIHART      FEBRUARY 2011  37.9..OLD RECORD 34.6 INCHES IN 2003.
 SIMPSON      NOVEMBER 2010  19.5..OLD RECORD 16.0 INCHES IN 1960.
              DECEMBER 2010  22.0..OLD RECORD 19.0 INCHES IN 2009.
 TURNER 11N   JANUARY 2011   31.1..OLD RECORD 20.9 INCHES IN 2004.

 AT GREAT FALLS...THE 31.7 INCHES RECORDED SO FAR IS NOT ONLY THE
 HIGHEST AMOUNT RECORDED IN ANY FEBRUARY...BUT THE SECOND HIGHEST
 MONTHLY TOTAL OF ANY MONTH. THE HIGHEST AMOUNT IS A TIE WITH APRIL
 1967 AND APRIL 2009. BOTH MONTHS RECEIVED 35.4 INCHES OF SNOW.

 A FEW LOCATIONS HAVE SET NEW SNOWFALL RECORDS FOR THE SEASON-TO-DATE.
 THESE INCLUDE...
                             OLD RECORD THROUGH FEBRUARY
 GREAT FALLS   82.6 INCHES...70.9 INCHES IN 1958-59
 HOBSON        78.6 INCHES...73.6 INCHES IN 2009-10
 SIMPSON       60.9 INCHES...42.1 INCHES IN 2009-10
 TURNER 11N    51.2 INCHES...46.5 INCHES IN 1985-86.

The snow has arrived. Drive carefully!

February 22, 2011

After a 30+ degree day thanks to warm west winds we are about to say goodbye to the warmer weather.  A cold front moves across Montana from the west to the east and snow is expected to develop later today and behind the front much colder temperatures along with snow. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for a large area of Central Montana and the text of the Advisory appears below.

Thursday night and Friday morning look to be the coldest this week. This is a list of potential records that could fall:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 245 PM MST TUE FEB 22 2011

 ...RECORD OR NEAR RECORD MINIMUM TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR THURSDAY
 NIGHT...

 LOCATION             FORECAST LOW        RECORD LOW
 CHESTER                   -27               -29
 CHINOOK                   -28               -30
 CHOTEAU                   -26               -26
 CONRAD                    -27               -23
 CUT BANK                  -30               -24
 FORT BENTON               -20               -22
 LEWISTOWN                 -22               -19
 SHELBY                    -29               -19
 STANFORD                  -21               -21
 WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS     -18               -19

 

Updated NWS Weather Story

Pay attention to this developing snowfall and colder weather. You can find road and weather advisories on our websites. http://www.krtv.com or http://www.kxlh.com.

Fred

Sweet Grass at 3 pm. Snow!

Lookout Pass at 3 pm!

MADISON-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...
RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN BRIDGES...BOULDER...BOULDER HILL...
ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...WHITEHALL...TOWNSEND...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
649 PM MST TUE FEB 22 2011

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW ARE EXPECTED
  THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. OCCASIONAL GUSTY WINDS WILL ALSO
  CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CAUSING HAZARDOUS
  TRAVEL CONDITIONS WITH SNOW-COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADWAYS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OVER
  THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL SHIFT TO NORTHERLY BEHIND A
  SURFACE COLD FRONT WITH LOCALLY STRONG WIND GUSTS UP TO 40
  MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES OF
  LESS THAN ONE MILE ARE POSSIBLE.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COLD FRONT WILL ALSO USHER IN SHARPLY
  COLDERTEMPERATURES BEGINNING TONIGHT. BY THURSDAY MORNING...
  LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE AROUND ZERO IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...BOULDER...
  BOULDER HILL...ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...WHITEHALL...
  TOWNSEND...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN
  BRIDGES.

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.
MADISON-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...
RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN BRIDGES...BOULDER...BOULDER HILL...
ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...WHITEHALL...TOWNSEND...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
649 PM MST TUE FEB 22 2011

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW ARE EXPECTED
  THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. OCCASIONAL GUSTY WINDS WILL ALSO
  CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CAUSING HAZARDOUS
  TRAVEL CONDITIONS WITH SNOW-COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADWAYS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OVER
  THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL SHIFT TO NORTHERLY BEHIND A
  SURFACE COLD FRONT WITH LOCALLY STRONG WIND GUSTS UP TO 40
  MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES OF
  LESS THAN ONE MILE ARE POSSIBLE.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COLD FRONT WILL ALSO USHER IN SHARPLY
  COLDERTEMPERATURES BEGINNING TONIGHT. BY THURSDAY MORNING...
  LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE AROUND ZERO IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...BOULDER...
  BOULDER HILL...ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...WHITEHALL...
  TOWNSEND...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN
  BRIDGES.

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.
------------------------------------

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
649 PM MST TUE FEB 22 2011

.A DEEP UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN ROCKIES AND
INTO CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA THROUGH THIS EVENING. PERIODS
OF WIDESPREAD LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW ARE EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY
THURSDAY MORNING. SHARPLY COLDER TEMPERATURES WILL ACCOMPANY THIS
WEATHER SYSTEM AND SETTLE OVER THE REGION DURING THE MID-WEEK
PERIOD.

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
LOGAN PASS...CHOTEAU
649 PM MST TUE FEB 22 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST
THURSDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: PERIODS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED THROUGH
  THURSDAY MORNING. OCCASIONAL GUSTY WINDS WILL ALSO CREATE
  AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW CAUSING HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
  CONDITIONS WITH SNOW-COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADWAYS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OVER
  THE PLAINS AND VALLEYS WITH 12 TO 15 INCHES IN THE
  MOUNTAINS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL SHIFT TO NORTHERLY BEHIND A
  SURFACE COLD FRONT WITH LOCALLY STRONG WIND GUSTS UP TO 40
  MPH. AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES OF
  LESS THAN ONE-HALF MILE ARE POSSIBLE.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COLD FRONT WILL ALSO USHER IN SHARPLY
  COLDERTEMPERATURES BEGINNING TONIGHT. BY THURSDAY MORNING...
  LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE TEENS BELOW ZERO.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CHOTEAU...BROWNING...MARIAS
  PASS...LOGAN PASS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE.  THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

Cold artic air slides into Montana this week (again)!

February 21, 2011

Very cold air is expected to arrive along with snow later this week.  It looks like Monday and Tuesday will be the warmest of the week!

Here is a NWS map that shows the coldest night of the week and it does look cold!

 

Brrrrr!

 

You can bet the coldest night will be Friday morning, and it is not good to have these kind of temperatures with calving operations underway.

Some relief by the weekend but still far from a normal high of close to 40 degrees! In fact after the weekend it looks like March could roller-coaster its way into the state again with another very cold wave of cold air!

Enjoy Tuesday and stay warm!

Fred

Weather Duck has had enough of winter. How about you?

February 20, 2011

Weather Duck is "very" tired of winter this year!

The “Weather Duck” is wishing he had gone south for the winter. Despite a sweater it is far too snowy and far too cold. He wants winter to be over and can’t wait for spring. I think at this point we are all feeling that way.

Another 8 inches of snow piled up and expecting warmer but windy conditions Monday could make for some drifting snow before we fall back into very cold weather by Wednesday. The following statement from the National Weather Service in Great Falls says we better be prepared for bitter cold temperatures later in the week!

“Temperatures will rise somewhat Monday and Tuesday with highs expected to be in the 20s to lower 30s. During this period gusty westerly winds are expected across portions of North Central Montana with areas of blowing and drifting snow possible.

By late Wednesday another Arctic front will push into the state bringing another bout of snow and sharply colder temperatures. At this time we are looking for high temperatures on Thursday and Friday to range from zero to 10 below zero in North Central Montana and from zero to 15 above in Southwest Montana. By Friday Morning lows of 15 to 25 below zero are expected in the north while the southwest could see lows of 5 to 15 below.

There is still a degree of uncertainty in computer model simulations of this event. There is possibility that temperatures could drop below these forecast numbers…and some model solutions are suggesting that this could be the coldest outbreak of the winter season.”

Thursday night looks like -16 and a high Friday of only -1.

Friday night -14 for a low and Saturday only 8. Be prepared for very cold temperatures later in the week. I know spring is March 20th, but that seems a long way a way right now!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Presidents Day.

Fred

Even the birds love a plowed road! Colder tonight!

February 18, 2011

On the way to work today I pulled through Gibson Park and only two cars were parked at the pond. That is very unusual. On a cold 3 degree day all the birds decided they would rather huddle together on the paved road instead of laying in 6 inches of snow. So snapped a picture and then gently eased by them so they could continue their rest!

We are all kind of chilly!

Have anything good to eat my friend?

After a 6 inch snowfall, we picked up at least another inch today. Boy what a winter we have had to endure this year! Here is what Rogers Pass looked like late this afternoon, cold and slippery!

Rogers Pass on MT 200 Friday afternoon

Once we clear the weekend, Presidents Day looks better. High above freezing and Tuesday as well. Don’t get used to that! We turn cold again by Wednesday and through the end of the week.

Sorry for the late post today. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

I’ll check in again Monday afternoon.

Fred

What a snow storm! Snow amounts & pictures!

February 17, 2011

What a storm we had last night and early this morning! About 6:05 pm we saw a “spring type” snow storm that stuck to everything, trees, bushes, cars and trucks, just about anything that was not moving! After a break from the action we received more snow overnight that kept me busy shoveling snow and plowing snow. I would say between 4″-5″ of snow. The early storm brought slush to the streets and then that was covered up with a new layer of snow.

It made for a winter wonderland this morning. I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures to share with you as the sun came out and showed the heavy snow hanging on the trees!

I am including the morning report from the National Weather Service showing various snowfall depths from around the state. I hope you drive carefully and watch you step walking!

Ruler and snowfall on the deck!

Snow coated apple tree!

Sunshine through the frosty branches

Sun giving us some melting!

MAX/MIN TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION TABLE FOR MONTANA...UPDATED
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
 946 AM MST THU FEB 17 2011
 
 ...FULL TIME STATIONS...
 HIGH TEMP YESTERDAY. 12 HOUR LOW TEMPERATURE...24 HOUR
 PRECIPITATION AND SNOWFALL...AND SNOW DEPTH AT 5 AM MST.
 STATIONS ARE AUTOMATED AND MAY UNDERESTIMATE WINTER PRECIPITATION.
  
 .BR TFX 0217 M DH00/TAIRZX/DH05/TAIRZP/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ
 :                                       YDAY 12-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV            HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 BHK  : BAKER            2929 :           45 /  27 /    T /      /    
 BIL  : BILLINGS AIRPORT 3567 :           58 /  32 / 0.02 /      /    
 BZN  : BOZEMAN AIRPORT  4475 :           48 /  27 / 0.01 /      /   
 BTM  : BUTTE            5700 :           41 /  19 / 0.06 /      /    
 CTB  : CUT BANK         3838 :           36 /   2 / 0.04 /      /   1
 DLN  : DILLON AIRPORT   5200 :           45 /  17 / 0.01 /      /   T
 GGW  : GLASGOW          2285 :           33 /  11 / 0.12 /  2.6 /   9
 GDV  : GLENDIVE AIRPORT 2457 :           45 /  25 / 0.00 /      /    
 GTF  : GREAT FALLS ARPT 3664 :           41 /  11 / 0.47 /  5.8 /   5
 HVR  : HAVRE AIRPORT    2585 :           39 /   6 / 0.03 /  0.5 /   2
 HLN  : HELENA AIRPORT   3828 :           51 /  29 /    T /    T /   0
 JDN  : JORDAN           2662 :           40 /  18 / 0.00 /      /    
 GPI  : KALISPELL ARPT   2965 :           34 /  26 / 0.01 /    T /   1
 LWT  : LEWISTOWN ARPT   4145 :           50 /  20 / 0.10 /      /   3
 LVM  : LIVINGSTON       4653 :           55 /  27 / 0.01 /      /    
 MLS  : MILES CITY ARPT  2628 :           44 /  26 /    T /      /
 MSO  : MISSOULA         3202 :           35 /  23 / 0.31 /  2.5 /   3
 SDY  : SIDNEY AIRPORT   1985 :           43 /  25 / 0.00 /      /    
 OLF  : WOLF POINT       1980 :           34 /  17 /    T /      /    
  
 :OTHER AWOS AND CRN LOCATIONS...NO NWS QUALITY CONTROL PERFORMED.
 BSPM8: BANNACK          5971 :           40 /  18
 GOMM8: BRUSETT 4SE      2643 :           37 /  12
 S71  : CHINOOK ARPT     2414 :           37 /   9
 CWJM8: CLEARWATER JCTN  3840 :           35 /  21 / 0.12 /      /    
 M46  : COLSTRIP ARPT    3426 :           61 /  30
 CDM  : CONRAD ARPT      3545 :           37 /  18
 97M  : EKALAKA ARPT     3503 :           51 /  28
 EKS  : ENNIS ARPT       5383 :           41 /  25
 88M  : EUREKA ARPT      2668 :           39 /  25
 1S3  : FORSYTH ARPT     2727 :           63 /  28
 79S  : FORT BENTON ARPT 2869 :           45 /  12
 6S5  : HAMILTON ARPT    3642 :           37 /  25
 6S8  : LAUREL ARPT      3517 :           56 /  32
 S59  : LIBBY ARPT       2601 :           37 /  23
 GFA  : MALMSTROM AFB    3257 :           42 /  13 /    T /      /    
 M75  : MALTA ARPT       2254 :           39 /  14
 S34  : PLAINS ARPT      2467 :           36 /  27
 PO1  : POPLAR ARPT      2036 :           36 /  19
 PRSM8: POPLAR 13NE      2085 :           34 /  17
 7S0  : RONAN AIRPORT    3084 :           34 /  30
 RPX  : ROUNDUP ARPT     3485 :           59 /  28
 MRYM8: ST MARY          4575 :           32 /   3
 9S2  : SCOBEY ARPT      2432 :           36 /  12
 THM  : THOMPSON FALLS A 2467 :           36 /  32
 9S5  : THREE FORKS ARPT 4089 :           52 /  34
 7S1  : TWIN BRIDGES APT 4777 :           48 /  23
 JRWM8: UTICA 11SW       5070 :           48 /  21
 WYS  : WEST YELLOWSTONE 6644 :           36 /  10
 .END
  
 :...COOPERATIVE STATIONS...
  
 :HIGH AND LOW TEMPERATURE...PRECIPITATION...AND SNOWFALL FOR THE 
 :PAST 24 HOURS THROUGH THIS MORNING...HIGH TEMPERATURE OCCURRED
 :YESTERDAY...LOW TEMPERATURE OVER PAST 24 HOURS. SNOW DEPTH THIS
 :MORNING. THE DDHHNN GROUP IS DAY/HOUR/MINUTE OF THE OBSERVATION.
  
 .BR TFX 0217 M DH05/TAIRZX/TAIRZN/PPDRZZ/SFDRZZ/SDIRZZ
  
 :...NORTHEAST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 GLNM8: GLENDIVE WTP     2000 : DD170600/    /     / 0.03 /      /    
 SIDM8: SIDNEY 2S        1881 : DD170730/    /     / 0.00 /      /    
 WSBM8: WESTBY           2105 : DD170700/ 34 /  18 /    T /    T /   6
  
 :...SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 BDGM8: BRIDGER 2N       3583 : DD170700/ 53 /  29 /    T /  0.0 /   0
 COLM8: COLSTRIP         3218 : DD170800/ 62 /  21 / 0.13 /  2.5 /   3
 SBRM8: HUNTLEY          3000 : DD170700/ 61 /  30 / 0.12 /  0.2 /   T
 LRGM8: LIVINGSTON       4643 : DD170800/    /     / 0.01 /  0.4 /   T
 RLAM8: ROUNDUP 15SW     3386 : DD170700/ 60 /  25 / 0.14 /  1.2 /   1
 RYGM8: RYEGATE 18NNW    4440 : DD170700/ 56 /  23 / 0.01 /  0.1 /   1
 TERM8: TERRY            2248 : DD170800/ 45 /  16 /    T /    T /   T
 BHRM8: YELLOWTAIL DAM   3305 : DD170700/ 60 /  33 / 0.00 /  0.0 /   0
  
 :...NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 CNKM8: CHINOOK          2420 : DD170630/ 36 /   4 /    M /    M /  19
 FTBM8: FORT BENTON      2633 : DD170800/ 44 /  10 / 0.12 /  1.9 /   2
 HTBM8: HEART BUTTE      4504 : DD170700/ 37 /   3 /    T /    T /   T
 WRPM8: ROGERS PASS 9NNE 4200 : DD170800/ 50 /  20 / 0.25 /  5.0 /   5
 RYDM8: RUDYARD 19S      2878 : DD170700/ 40 /   9 /    T /    T /   5
 VALM8: VALENTINE        2910 : DD170700/ 54 /  16 / 0.07 /  0.1 /   3
  
 :...SOUTHWEST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 ENSM8: ENNIS            4953 : DD170900/ 48 /  20 /    T /    T /   T
 HAMM8: HAMILTON         3545 : DD170700/ 49 /  22 / 0.25 /  1.0 /   1
 LLFM8: LOGAN            4243 : DD170700/ 43 /  24 / 0.00 /  0.0 /   0
 TIZM8: TIZER GARDENS    4672 : DD170700/ 47 /  20 / 0.03 /  0.4 /   1
 WYGM8: W YELLOWSTONE GT 6700 : DD170710/ 38 /   1 / 0.53 /  7.5 /  44
  
 :...NORTHWEST MONTANA...
 :                              OBS TIME 24HR 24-HR 24-HR  24-HR  SNOW
 :ID    STATION          ELEV     DDHHNN HIGH  LOW   PCPN   SNFL DEPTH
 GTLM8: GEORGETOWN LAKE  6470 : DD170900/ 36 /   7 / 0.23 /  2.5 /  13
 LIBM8: LIBBY DAM        2110 : DD170800/ 39 /  28 / 0.00 /  0.0 /   0
 OLNM8: OLNEY            3165 : DD170800/ 34 /  20 /    T /    T /  24
 PLVM8: PLEASANT VALLEY  3540 : DD170800/ 33 /  14 /    T /    T /   9
 WHFM8: WHITEFISH        3270 : DD170800/ 34 /  21 /    T /    T /  17
 .END
 
 
 ...MONTANA TEMPERATURE EXTREMES...
 
 HIGH TEMP... 63 FORSYTH ARPT
 
 LOW TEMP...  1 W YELLOWSTONE GT
 
 ...MONTANA MAXIMUM PRECIPITATION...
 
 MAX PRECIP...   0.53 W YELLOWSTONE GT
 
 MAX SNOWFALL...  7.5 W YELLOWSTONE GT
 
 MAX SNOW DEPTH... 44 W YELLOWSTONE GT

 

Winter returning to Montana overnight!

February 16, 2011

It has been a very busy day in the STORMTracker Weather Center as we prepare to return to winter-like conditions tonight. Sorry for the late post and it will short. The following is a brief statement from the Great Falls National Weather Service regarding the storm. Also below I have posted the various Advisories for the area. Drive safe and be aware of wet surfaces beginning to freeze later tonight!

IN THE NORTH…SNOW…WILL CONTINUE OVER THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT THROUGH THIS EVENING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS 6 TO 12 INCHES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE MOUNTAINS…WITH AN ADDITIONAL 3 TO 5 INCHES EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT.

IN THE CUT BANK AND HAVRE AREAS…NEW SNOWFALL TONIGHT WILL GENERALLY RANGE FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES…BUT UP TO 3 INCHES IN THE BEARS PAW MOUNTAINS.

OVER CENTRAL MONTANA…AN AREA OF MODERATE SNOWFALL IS LIKELY BEGINNING EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUING INTO THURSDAY MORNING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS FROM EAST OF HELENA…TO NEIHART…THEN NORTHWARD INTO THE HIGHWOOD MOUNTAINS.

A GENERAL SNOWFALL OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IS POSSIBLE  IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AROUND HELENA…GREAT FALLS…STANFORD AND LEWISTOWN.

FOR THE BOULDER…TOWNSEND…BOZEMAN AND WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS  AREA…EXPECT A GENERAL SNOWFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS AND 4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

FURTHER SOUTHWEST…IN MADISON AND BEAVERHEAD COUNTIES …SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED AT LOWER ELEVATIONS…AND 3 TO 5 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

IN ALL AREAS…WITH THE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES OF RECENT…PAVEMENT TEMPERATURES HAVE WARMED UP A BIT. THIS WARMING OF THE PAVEMENT COMBINED WITH FRESH SNOWFALL…AND BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES TONIGHT…WILL ALLOW FOR UNTREATED ROADWAYS TO BECOME ICY BENEATH  THE SNOW. THERE WILL BE SOME POCKETS OF BLOWING SNOW…WITH SOME
DRIFTING OF THE SNOW EXPECTED DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
226 PM MST WED FEB 16 2011
CASCADE-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...GREAT FALLS...
KINGS HILL PASS...STANFORD...JUDITH GAP...LEWISTOWN...
LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...TOWNSEND...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...
BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...
WEST YELLOWSTONE
226 PM MST WED FEB 16 2011

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST
THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THIS
ADVISORY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHWEST AND
  CENTRAL MONTANA THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE MORNING
  ON THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: EXPECT ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES BELOW
  6000 FEET AND 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WINDS WILL GENERALLY BE 10 MPH OR LESS
  THROUGH THE COURSE OF THIS EVENT...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
  SOUTHWEST MONTANA POTENTIALLY SEEING GUSTS AROUND 20 MPH.
  VISIBILITY COULD DROP BELOW 0NE HALF MILE AT TIMES IN MODERATE
  SNOW.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...BATTLE RIDGE
  PASS...BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...
  STANFORD...JUDITH GAP...LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...GREAT
  FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS... AND TOWNSEND.

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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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
226 PM MST WED FEB 16 2011
NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...MARIAS PASS...LOGAN PASS
226 PM MST WED FEB 16 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY
FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET REMAINS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF
  THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
  EXPECTED ABOVE 5000 FEET.

* ELEVATIONS: FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: MARIAS 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.
----------------------------------------------
1134 AM MST WED FEB 16 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MELTING SNOW IN...
  FERGUS COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LEWISTOWN...
  JUDITH BASIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL MONTANA...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF STANFORD...

* UNTIL 1130 AM MST THURSDAY

* AT 1100 AM MST THIS MORNING...MINOR STREAM AND CREEK FLOODING HAS
  BEEN REPORTED IN JUDITH BASIN AND FERGUS COUNTIES. SOME AREAS THAT
  ARE BEING AFFECTED MOST INCLUDE LOCATIONS AROUND THE TOWN OF
  MOCCASIN...AND ALONG ROSS FORK CREEK. MINOR FLOODING ON ADDITIONAL
  SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS...SUCH AS THE JUDITH RIVER AND BEAVER
  CREEK ARE ALSO POSSIBLE THROUGH TODAY.

* MOTORIST SHOULD BE AWARE THAT STREAMS WILL RUN THROUGH HIGH
  TODAY...AND POSSIBLY OUT OF THEIR BANKS AT TIMES.
  HOWEVER...WITH     COLDER TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE
  REGION TONIGHT...EXPECT ANY STANDING WATER TO FREEZE ON PAVEMENT
  SURFACES...AND UNTREATED ROADWAYS COULD BECOME ICE COVERED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

TO REPORT FLOODING...HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY
YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.