The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for elevations above 6000 feet for heavy snow
which is in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to 6 PM MDT Friday.
The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.

* Timing and main impact: snow showers will develop across the
higher elevations this morning then increase in intensity this
afternoon and continue into this evening. Snow showers will
continue late tonight through Friday. The greatest snow
accumulations over southwest Montana will be later this
afternoon through this evening while for central Montana the
greatest snow accumulations will be this evening into Friday
morning. Visibilities will be poor in the heavier snow showers.
Snow showers will diminish Friday evening.

* Snow accumulations: total snow accumulations of 8 to 18 inches
are expected above 6000 feet with 1 to 3 inches likely for elevations
below 6000 feet.

* Winds and visibility: snow... heavy at times... will cause
visibilities less than one half mile... especially over mountain
passes. Gusty northwest winds 15 to 25 mph in the mountains will
also contribute to the poor visibilities.

* Elevations: for elevations above 6000 feet.

* Other impacts: precipitation for elevations less than 6000 feet
will begin as rain and change over to snow tonight. Snow
accumulations in the valleys should be primarily on grassy
surfaces. Mountain roads will become snow covered and slippery.
Some slippery roadways are possible late Thursday night and Friday
morning in the valleys.

* Locations affected include: Battle Ridge Pass... Targhee
Pass... West Yellowstone... Boulder Hill... Elk Park Pass...
Homestake pass... Kings Hill Pass... Raynolds Pass

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... or sleet
will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads
and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must... keep an extra flashlight... food... and
water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

For specific Road and travel conditions in Montana... dial 5 1 1.