Winter Storm Warning: Up to 19'' Forecasted for Big Sky

Winter Storm Warning: Up to 19'' Forecasted for Big Sky

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Winter Storm Warning: Up to 19'' Forecasted for Big Sky

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Photo Credit: Big Sky Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Big Sky Facebook Page

It looks as though the party has started in #bigguycountry as NOAA just released a Winter Storm Warning that begins later this afternoon and continues through Tuesday night.

When all is said and done, Big Sky is forecasted to get up to 19” of fresh out of this storm, while Bridger Bowl Ski Area will get up to 15” of accumulation.

Also, those snowfall totals don’t include the additional storm, which is forecasted to hit Montana by the end of the week. 
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Situation:

A STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE GREAT BASIN TODAY WILL TRACK NORTHEAST INTO CENTRAL AND EASTERN MONTANA TUESDAY. RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ALONG THE IDAHO BORDER AND SPREAD NORTH TONIGHT…REACHING CENTRAL MONTANA BY TUESDAY MORNING. COOLING TEMPERATURES WILL LOWER SNOW LEVELS TO THE VALLEYS AND PLAINS BY TUESDAY MORNING WITH WET SNOW LIKELY AT ALL ELEVATIONS TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE ENDING BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE FOCUSED OVER THE MOUNTAINS…

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NOAA: URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET. A
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TUESDAY TO 5 AM MST
WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6000 FEET.

* LOCATIONS...BIG HOLE PASS...CHIEF JOSEPH PASS...DILLON...
  MONIDA PASS...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...REYNOLDS PASS...TWIN
  BRIDGES... BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...
  TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE VALLEYS AND
  IN THE MOUNTAINS 8 TO 15 INCHES.

* TIMING...RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING WITH
  SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW WILL CREATE DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS
  OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES WHERE ROADWAYS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
  ICY BY TUESDAY MORNING. AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...RAIN CHANGING TO
  SNOW WILL CREATE SLUSHY ROADWAYS TUESDAY WITH COLDER
  TEMPERATURES TUESDAY NIGHT ALLOWING FOR SOME ACCUMULATION AT ALL
  ELEVATIONS.

* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* HAZARD ELEVATION...HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
  CONDITIONS WILL PRIMARILY BE FOCUSED AT ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000
  FEET. THIS INCLUDES BIG SKY...WEST YELLOWSTONE...REYNOLDS AND
  TARGHEE AND MONIDA PASSES.

* SNOW LEVEL...6000 FEET THIS EVENING LOWERING TO VALLEY FLOORS
  TUESDAY MORNING.
 

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