ALERT: Butte, Bozeman Area Roads Could Get Very Icy Friday Night
It's setting up for a dangerous night on southwest Montana roads with fresh snow on Friday and freezing temperatures on deck for Friday night and Saturday morning.
Slick, icy roads are going to be a real issue for much of western Montana on Friday night. Friday is seeing heavy, wet snowfall across the region with up to 2 more inches to accumulate by Friday evening.
The Bozeman area received rain Thursday evening, overnight and early Friday morning. Rain turned to snowfall around 7am and has been steady all morning with some accumulation. It's heavy, wet snow...making for very sloppy roads.
According to the National Weather Service:
- WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM FRIDAY EVENING.
- WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations up to two inches.
- Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.
- WHERE...Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison Counties.
- WHEN...Until 6 PM Friday evening.
- IMPACTS...Roads, and especially bridges and overpasses, will likely become slick and hazardous.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Snow levels are rising today, with snow changing back to rain at lower elevations.
Areas that will see more rain than snow are still at risk for a hard freeze overnight into Saturday with temps dipping well into the 20s. If you must travel during this time, use extreme caution especially after dark.
You can check the Montana Highway Patrol Incident Map here before hitting the road to see what's happening in real time. (By 11am on Friday there were already 50 reported incidents with the MHP, and it's looking to be a busier afternoon and evening.)