Several inches of much needed snow could fall Thursday over mountain passes and ski areas just in time for the beginning of the season.

According to the National Weather Service:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST FRIDAY.

  • LOCATIONS... BATTLE RIDGE PASS... BOZEMAN... BOZEMAN PASS... TARGHEE PASS... WEST YELLOWSTONE... MARIAS PASS... LOGAN PASS... BIG HOLE PASS... CHIEF JOSEPH PASS... DILLON... MONIDA PASS... BOULDER... BOULDER HILL... ELK PARK PASS... HOMESTAKE PASS... WHITEHALL... TOWNSEND... FLESHER PASS... HELENA... LINCOLN... MACDONALD PASS... ROGERS PASS... ENNIS... NORRIS HILL... RAYNOLDS PASS... TWIN BRIDGES.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 4 INCHES WITH UP TO 6 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS.
  • TIMING - PERIODS OF SNOW, MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT AND OVER MUCH OF SOUTHWEST MONTANA THROUGH TONIGHT.
  • SNOW THEN LOOKS TO DIMINISH IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
  • IMPACTS - WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES AND HIGHER ELEVATION HIGHWAYS.
(photo Michelle Wolfe/KMMS)