Hold on to your hats because it’s about to get nuclear in Montana real quick. This morning, the National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from the central to western parts of the state with up to 3+ feet forecasted by Sunday.
The heaviest accumulations will likely occur just east of the continental divide stretching from Glacier National Park all the way to Red Lodge Mountain.
“What’s worse? A foot of additional snow…20 below zero temperatures or a bunch of wind. How about all 3 at once!! Upcoming weather pattern historically has produced heavy snow in southern Montana and north central Wyoming. Consider your need to travel carefully late this week.” – NWS Billings
Big Sky, Bridger, and other Montana ski areas will likely pick up anywhere between 1-2 feet of snow– albeit with warmer temps west of the continental divide. That said, look for first chairs at both to be all-time while Whitefish, Red Lodge, and possibly Great Divide see the biggest storm totals.
Big Sky Forecast:
Winter Storm Warning [Big Sky]
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO MIDNIGHT MST SATURDAY NIGHT…
* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected in the valleys, with amounts up to 2 feet expected in the mountains.
* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to midnight MST Saturday night.
The heaviest snow is expected Friday night through Saturday morning.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility.