Halloween is bringing snow to Montana this weekend. NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch – forecasting 12 inches of snow above 4,500-feet in Western Montana for Saturday and Sunday.
Big Sky, MT got a big 460″ of snow last year. Lets hope they can do it again this year.
Snow is looking better and better for this weekend…especially in mountainous areas! Our confidence is much higher today regarding this weekend’s wintry system, with mountains and mountain pass roadways seeing up to one foot of snow by Sunday. High elevation valleys (4500 ft and higher) could see lesser amounts of snow as well.
NOAA’s Winter Storm Watch for Montana:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MISSOULA MT 352 AM MDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ...WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 4500 FEET... * IMPACTS/TIMING: ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. HIGH ELEVATION VALLEYS IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA MAY ALSO RECEIVE ACCUMULATING SNOW IMPACTING TRAVEL. HUNTERS AND THOSE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY WILL EXPERIENCE RAW WINTER CONDITIONS. TIMING FOR THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS IS LATE SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4-8 INCHES ABOVE 4500 FEET...LOCALLY MORE IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...DIXIE...BANNOCK PASS...HIGHWAY 28 TENDOY TO LONE PINE...HIGHWAY 93 LOST TRAIL PASS TO GIBBONSVILLE...LEMHI PASS...MARIAS PASS...HIGHWAY 93 SULA TO LOST TRAIL PASS...LOLO PASS...BUTTE...GEORGETOWN LAKE... HIGHWAY 12 GARRISON TO ELLISTON...MACDONALD PASS PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.