A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the mountains of western Montana above 6,000′.  The watch area will likely increase to include more of Montana’s mountain ranges.  Right now, modest totals of 1-6″ are being forecasted, although some of the higher peaks will end up with totals between 12-20″.  A significant temperature drop of 30-50 degrees will produce full on winter conditions in the mountains.  Wet, cold, and slushy conditions could heighten the risk of hypothermia to those that are not prepared for these dramatic changes.  Snow levels could even drop below 5,000′ at times Friday, Friday night, into Saturday morning.  Mountain passes like MacDonald, Homestake, King’s Hill, Elk Park, and Monida could have slushy accumulations on road surfaces.

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the storm.

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist

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