The snow has arrived. Drive carefully!

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.
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