Posted: Nov 6, 2012 3:30 PM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 3:49 PM
NWS offices in Missoula and Great Falls have continued the Winter Storm Watch for much of western, central and all of southwest Montana.
Timing: Snow is expected to develop over southwest Montana Wednesday night and expand northward Thursday up into the highline. Snow could be heavy at times on Thursday and Friday statewide.
Snow accumulations: Valleys of SW Montana 5"-10" is possible, 8"-14" across the central plains and 1 to 2 feet over all mountain ranges.
Winds: North to East winds 15 to 25 gusts to 30 mph or higher will develop Thursday night into Friday morning. These winds could result in blowing and drifting of snow.
Visibilities: Less than a half mile at times during periods of heavy snow.
Impacts: mountain passes will become snow covered and icy Thursday. Warmer ground temperatures at lower elevations could lead to melting of snow on roadways Thursday afternoon and these roads could become icy and snow covered after sunset Thursday. Those working and recreating outdoors should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions.
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