A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect in many counties across southern Montana and in northeastern Montana where snowfall will not be as severe. In Lewis & Clark County, this will be upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING at 4 pm this evening, and continue through 5 pm Friday.  A WINTER STORM WARNING is already in effect for counties across north-central Montana, where snowfall will be the most severe.  This will continue until tomorrow, expiring earlier in the northern parts of the state, where snow will move out sooner.  An AVALANCHE WATCH is in effect for the backcountry areas of the Flathead Range and Glacier National Park.  A WIND ADVISORY is in effect near Livingston along the I-90 corridor. Extremely high winds (gusts up to 60 mpg) paired with the freezing rain and snow to fall will lead to especially dangerous driving conditions.
Temperatures are still quite mild in the western and southwestern parts of the state, but that is going to change as the day goes on.  As the arctic air moves south, temperatures will drop significantly, and any snow or ice that has melted will re-freeze, then snow will fall on top of that. It’s going to be slippery on the roads for the drive home tonight and the morning commute tomorrow.
Please drive safely today!
Katie Alexander
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A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, Katie chose to major in meteorology when a severe winter storm hit her college town, canceling class for almost a week. She was taking an introductory meteorology course and was fascinated learning how and why the storm came through. After college, Katie moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English for a year, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate. However, Katie is no stranger to severe weather. Growing up in St. Louis, she has seen everything from flash flooding and funnel clouds to extreme thunderstorms and even thundersnow! But even with all of this experience, nothing could prepare her for winter in Montana. Despite the harsh winter, Katie is excited to forecast and learn about mountain weather patterns, and to live in a state with such fantastic mountains and top-notch stargazing. Katie is the meteorologist on Daybreak, every morning at 6.