Yet another spring storm with rain and snow!

We are getting ready for another round of winter weather above 6,000′ while at lower elevations an inch up to 3 inches is possible.

Yesterday was a fun but busy day. I spent almost two hours with the students at Simms High School for their annual Career Day talking about a career in television. It’s refreshing to talk to the younger people and give them a perspective on the career path that I have followed since high school!

So now we focus on rain changing to snow tonight. The good news is we should see this storm move very quickly and by Saturday the sun should be shining and warmer temperatures just in time for the Easter Weekend.

I hope you have a good day and please check our website for DOT cameras, the road reports and areas that you may be traveling in for Easter.

CASCADE-MADISON-JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-
GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...KINGS HILL PASS...
RAYNOLDS PASS...BOULDER HILL...ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...
BATTLE RIDGE PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE
456 AM MDT THU APR 21 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
6 PM MDT FRIDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW...
WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM MDT FRIDAY.
THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE
  HIGHER ELEVATIONS THIS MORNING THEN INCREASE IN INTENSITY THIS
  AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING. SNOW SHOWERS WILL
  CONTINUE LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. THE GREATEST SNOW
  ACCUMULATIONS OVER SOUTHWEST MONTANA WILL BE LATER THIS
  AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING WHILE FOR CENTRAL MONTANA THE
  GREATEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE THIS EVENING INTO FRIDAY
  MORNING. VISIBILITIES WILL BE POOR IN THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS.
  SNOW SHOWERS WILL DIMINISH FRIDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 18 INCHES
  ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 6000 FEET WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES LIKELY FOR ELEVATIONS
  BELOW 6000 FEET.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CAUSE
  VISIBILITIES LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE...ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN
  PASSES. GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE MOUNTAINS WILL
  ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE POOR VISIBILITIES.

* ELEVATIONS: FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* OTHER IMPACTS: PRECIPITATION FOR ELEVATIONS LESS THAN 6000 FEET
  WILL BEGIN AS RAIN AND CHANGE OVER TO SNOW TONIGHT. SNOW
  ACCUMULATIONS IN THE VALLEYS SHOULD BE PRIMARILY ON GRASSY
  SURFACES. MOUNTAIN ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.
  SOME SLIPPERY ROADWAYS ARE POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY
  MORNING IN THE VALLEYS.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BATTLE RIDGE PASS...TARGHEE
  PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...BOULDER HILL... ELK PARK PASS...
  HOMESTAKE PASS...KINGS HILL PASS... RAYNOLDS PASS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...OR SLEET
WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS
AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

&&

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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