The highest elevations in southwest Montana could get over a foot of snow by Tuesday morning with the valleys receiving at least several inches.

According to the National Weather Service:

 

  • THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM MST TUESDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
  • LOCATIONS... BIG HOLE PASS... CHIEF JOSEPH PASS... DILLON... MONIDA PASS... ENNIS... NORRIS HILL... RAYNOLDS PASS... TWIN BRIDGES... BATTLE RIDGE PASS... BOZEMAN... BOZEMAN PASS... TARGHEE PASS... WEST YELLOWSTONE.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 9 INCHES AT LOWER ELEVATIONS AND 10 TO 18 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.
  • TIMING... PERIODS OF LIGHT SNOW ARE EXPECTED OVER THE MOUNTAINS ALONG WITH LOCATIONS AROUND BIG SKY AND WEST YELLOWSTONE TODAY. THE SNOW WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.
  • IMPACTS... PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITY AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL WITH SNOW COVERED AND ICY ROADS.
  • SOME OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED DURING BOTH THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON COMMUTES ON MONDAY.
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