Winter is back and cold temperatures too!

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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