A BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect along the northern Rocky Mountain Front until 6 am Saturday.  Blowing and drifting snow, as well as whiteout conditions, could make travel difficult to impossible.  Just east of the area under a blizzard warning, a WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect until noon Monday.  Driving conditions will be difficult but winds will not be as severe.  Additionally, there is a WIND CHILL ADVISORY in northeastern Montana until 11 am.

We’ve come to the end of another brutally cold and wintry week here in Big Sky country, and most places didn’t even see any snow!  High winds, dangerous wind chills and now ground blizzard conditions have been the main focus.  This weekend, we won’t get any reprieve from winter.  Winds will pick up as the day goes on, causing severe blowing and drifting snow.  Travelers this weekend may have a difficult time attempting to traverse these areas under a blizzard warning.  Take caution and make sure to pack emergency supplies if you are traveling out of town this weekend.  Saturday, some widespread but light snow will move in, but this will mainly affect areas along the Continental Divide and in the Southwestern portion of Montana.  We won’t get a huge amount of snow, just a light coating.  High winds are the main concern for this weekend.

Be safe out there, everyone!

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.