NOAA: Heavy Snow For Montana Tonight and Weekend | Big Sky Resort Could See Over 12″

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Snow is certain for Montana this weekend. Credit: NOAA

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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A pretty good Big Sky snow forecast for the next few days. Credit: OpenSnow
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.

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Lots of snow for Big Sky! Credit: NOAA

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.

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48-hour weather data for Big Sky Resort. Credit: NOAA

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!

GFS 3-day snowfall forecast model

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GFS snowfall forecast model. Credit: Tropical Tidbits

GEM 5- day snowfall forecast model

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GEM snowfall forecast model. Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Other info

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SNowfall probability. Credit: NOAA
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Big winds expected. Credit: Facebook

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