NOAA has issued it’s very first Winter Storm Watch of the 2016/17 winter season today.
The Winter Storm Watch is for southern Montana.
NOAA is calling for 12-18″ of snow for Montana Monday & Tuesday.
* SNOW ACCUMULATION...12 TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE...GREATEST ABOVE 8000 FEET. - NOAA Missoula, MT today
NOAA is forecasting snow levels to drop as low as 4,000-feet.
“Scattered showers are expected over the region later today. The showers will turn to a steady rain and snow by Monday afternoon, especially for elevations above 7000 feet. As colder air moves into the region on Monday night, snow levels could fall to around 4000 feet by Tuesday morning. Thus, significant snow accumulations are possible for portions of the region.” – NOAA Great Falls, MT today
WINTER STORM WATCH for MONTANA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT 251 AM MDT SUN OCT 2 2016 ABSAROKA/BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS-CRAZY MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING THE LOCATIONS OF...COOKE CITY ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON. * IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL MAKE OUTDOOR RECREATION DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY. BEARTOOTH PASS WILL BE IMPACTED BY ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. * TIMING...MONDAY AND TUESDAY. * SNOW ACCUMULATION...12 TO 18 INCHES POSSIBLE...GREATEST ABOVE 8000 FEET. * WINDS...WEST TO NORTHWEST GUSTS TO 40 MPH WILL CAUSE BLOWING SNOW OVER THE HIGH PEAKS.