The snow is DUMPING in the Northern Rockies and we’re psyched to see some more September turns out of the Montucky diehards.
Right now, the center of the storm is located firmly between Cooke City and Red Lodge Mountain. Still, Wyoming and Idaho should both see significant snowfall totals that could exceed 10″ by Monday morning according to NOAA. Montana on the other hand could see more than 20″ by tomorrow alone!
“The primary impact for southwestern areas will be occasionally heavy snow rates above 5500-ft elevation along Interstate 15 south of Helena to the Idaho border, as well as Interstate 90 from Homestake Pass to Bozeman Pass. Wet snow may fall from 4500-ft to 5500-ft elevation with only minor impacts expected.” – NWS Great Falls
We can say with almost 100% confidence that Beartooth Pass will remain closed throughout the weekend and that crews will be hard at work keeping other mountain passes passable. Stay safe if you’re out there driving and remember, avalanches can happen during the early season too.
Big Sky, MT:
Bridger Bowl, MT:
Red Lodge, MT:
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Billings MT 229 AM MDT Fri Sep 22 2017
MTZ067-068-230830- /O.CON.KBYZ.WS.W.0011.000000T0000Z-170923T1200Z/ Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains-Crazy Mountains- 229 AM MDT Fri Sep 22 2017
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT SATURDAY…
* IMPACTS…Travel in the high country will be affected by periods of heavy snowfall. Hunters and recreationists should be prepared for dangerous winter conditions.
* TIMING…Through tonight. Heaviest snowfall is expected through this morning.
* TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION…10 to 15 inches, greatest on eastern slopes above 7000 feet in the Crazy Mountains. 10 to 20 inches, greatest above 8000 feet in the Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains.
Be sure to have a winter emergency kit with you should you become stranded in the back country.
Winter Weather Advisory
MTZ008-015-054-055-230600-/O.CON.KTFX.WW.Y.0036.000000T0000Z-170923T0600Z/ Beaverhead-Madison-Meagher-Gallatin- 936 AM MDT Fri Sep 22 2017
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5500 FEET…
* Locations: For elevations above 5500 feet in Southwest MT.
* Timing: Periods of snow are expected through this evening.
* Accumulations: New snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected for elevations above 5500 feet.
* Impacts: Roadways may be snow covered and slippery at times. Some power outages or tree damage is possible. Visibility could be reduced to near one mile at times in heavier areas of snow.