Winter weather above 6,000′! Soaking rain for lower areas.

After a break Saturday with some sunshine, another Pacific weather system is moving in to dump heavy wet snow in the mountains and rain for the plains!

NWS Weather Story

High water Fegus & Judith Basin Counties

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
931 AM MDT SUN MAY 8 2011

.A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM WILL MOVE ACROSS THE ROCKIES LATE TONIGHT
BRINGING VERY MOIST CONDITIONS TO THE REGION. TEMPERATURES WILL
REMAIN MODERATE AND THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED AT HIGHER
ELEVATIONS. STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS WILL DEVELOP AS THIS SYSTEM
MOVES EAST AND WIDESPREAD UPSLOPE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED
ACROSS CENTRAL MONTANA.

BEAVERHEAD-CASCADE-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-MADISON-
JUDITH BASIN-FERGUS-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BIG HOLE PASS...
CHIEF JOSEPH PASS...MONIDA PASS...KINGS HILL PASS...
FLESHER PASS...MACDONALD PASS...RAYNOLDS PASS...BOULDER HILL...
ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...BATTLE RIDGE PASS...
TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE
931 AM MDT SUN MAY 8 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET REMAINS IN
EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM MDT TUESDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: SNOW WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY
  TONIGHT AND WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH TUESDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE
  6000 FEET. UP TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BELOW 6000 FEET
  MAINLY DURING NIGHT TIME HOURS. ANY LOWER ELEVATION
  ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD MELT AWAY WHEN DAYTIME HEATING BEGINS.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: STRONG NORTHEAST WINDS WILL DEVELOP
  EARLY MONDAY AND CAUSE VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN ONE-HALF
  MILE AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS.

* ELEVATIONS: FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BATTLE RIDGE PASS...TARGHEE
  PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...BOULDER HILL... ELK PARK PASS...
  HOMESTAKE PASS...BIG HOLE PASS... CHIEF JOSEPH PASS...MONIDA
  PASS...KINGS HILL PASS... FLESHER PASS...MACDONALD PASS...
  RAYNOLDS 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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