First full day of spring and getting ready for heavy snow!

Spring is officially here, but that is only by the calendar. We traditionally get our heavier, wet snow in March, April and even May. So this is an important storm to pay attention to.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
1235 PM MDT MON MAR 21 2011

NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-CASCADE-
CHOUTEAU-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-TOOLE-LIBERTY-
EASTERN PONDERA-BLAINE-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-MEAGHER-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BROWNING...MARIAS PASS...
LOGAN PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...
BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...FLESHER PASS...HELENA...LINCOLN...
MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...
CHINOOK...CHOTEAU...FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...JUDITH GAP...
LEWISTOWN...LEWISTOWN DIVIDE...WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS
1235 PM MDT MON MAR 21 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT
TUESDAY NIGHT...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT
TUESDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: LIGHT SNOW AND MIXED SNOW AND RAIN IS
  EXPECTED TO SPREAD OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON.
  HEAVIER SNOW WILL SPREAD NORTH OVER THE AREA TONIGHT AND
  CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY. SNOW WILL DIMINISH TUESDAY NIGHT.
  TEMPERATURES FALLING BELOW FREEZING TONIGHT COULD CAUSE
  HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. EXPECT POOR VISIBILITIES IN THE
  SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10
  INCHES ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE PLAINS WITH SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
  OF 12 TO 20 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

* OTHER IMPACTS: GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH BY
  TUESDAY AFTERNOON WILL CAUSE AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING
  SNOW AND FURTHER CONTRIBUTE TO THE POOR VISIBILITIES.

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