Posted: Sep 24, 2013 1:12 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Sep 24, 2013 1:17 PM
Early season snow event will impact SW Montana through Friday morning.
Winter Storm WARNING has now been issued from 6pm Wednesday to Noon Thursday above 5,000' for the Butte/Blackfoot region and will impact Butte, Anaconda, Georgetown Lake areas.
Impacts/Timing: Periods of snow with slushy/slick roads, poor visibilities at times can be expected Wednesday into Thursday morning. Also trees and power lines may by damaged by the weight of accumulated snow. The snow may start before 6pm, but the worst driving conditions and accumulating snow should be during the evening and overnight hours Wednesday.
Snow Accumulations: Mountain passes 6"-12" possible. Valleys that are above 5,000' could see up to 3"-6" of snow.
Locations: Butte, Anaconda, Georgetown Lake, Homestake Pass, Philipsburg.
Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous at times. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Winter Storm Watch continues for the rest of SW Montana Wednesday morning through Thursday night. Updates to the watch are likely later this afternoon and we will report any changes made by the National Weather Service.