The NOAA is forecasting a Pacific system and cold front coming from the northwest to head through Montana this afternoon bringing heavy snow tonight. Big Sky Resort could see decent snowfall Thursday night through Friday morning, up to 8″ maybe.
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The front will represent the leading edge of stronger westerly winds that will persist into Friday, while for southwest Montana the front will help to focus a short-lived period of moderate to heavy snow over parts of southwest Montana (mainly Madison and Gallatin mountain ranges)
The NOAA has issued a high-wind watch for this period. Snow levels will be as low as 5,000-feet.
Snow will lighten on Friday before temperatures drop on Saturday and heavy snow over the weekend dumps even more on mountain areas. Over the course of the weekend, most optimistic estimates for Big Sky are for over a foot of snow in total.
...up to a foot accumulation in some higher elevation mountain ranges.
Temperatures will drop to the mid-20s, and high winds will gust over 30-mph.
Big Sky Resort is scheduled to open on November 28th, and with the snow already fallen and more in the forecast, opening day might just be one to remember!