A major winter storm will be hitting the Northern Rockies today through Wednesday. This storm will bring arctic air down into the Northern Rockies from Canada. That cold will inflate snow totals and make skiers & riders very happy. 1-3 feet is forecasted in the Northern Rockies in the next 3 days.
What’s most impressive about this storm is the amount of Winter Storm Warnings. Just have a look at this map. You don’t see this many Winter Storm Warnings at once very often. There are widespread winter storm warnings right now in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. This storm is big and cold and snowy. Just what we’re all looking for.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT 429 AM MST MON DEC 2 2013 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM MST /MIDNIGHT PST/ WEDNESDAY... * IMPACTS/TIMING: SNOW WILL CONTINUE IN THE MOUNTAINS WHILE VALLEYS WILL SEE A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW THROUGH THE MORNING. BY THIS AFTERNOON, ALL VALLEYS WILL TRANSITION OVER TO SNOW. DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL EXIST, ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. BACKCOUNTRY CONDITIONS WILL BECOME INCREASINGLY HAZARDOUS, ESPECIALLY TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET IN THE MOUNTAINS...WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES IN VALLEYS. * WINDS: SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS WILL PERSIST, WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH...ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THEN ON TONIGHT...WINDS BECOME NORTHERLY 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 25 TO 35 MPH. BLOWING SNOW WILL BECOME AN ISSUE DURING THIS TIME. * WIND CHILL: 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO READINGS TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT.