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Bozeman Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Thursday 12/29/11

How about some HIGH WIND for good measure? Here are the details: The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow… which is in effect from 5 am Wednesday to 5 am MST Thursday.

Winter Weather Advisory AND High Wind Advisory in effect. Happy New Year.

* Timing and main impact: periods of light snow will develop later
tonight over the southern portions of Beaverhead… Madison… and
Gallatin counties… including the West Yellowstone and Big Sky
areas. The light snow will then continue through Wednesday night.

* Snow accumulations: total snow accumulations from Wednesday
morning through Wednesday night will range from 3 to 6 inches.

* Visibility: visibilities will be reduced to less than one mile
at times in areas of falling snow.

* Other impacts: expect untreated roadways to become snow covered
and slippery.

* Locations affected include: Targhee Pass… West Yellowstone…
Raynolds Pass… Monida Pass and Big Sky.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

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

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a high
wind watch… which is in effect from Wednesday morning through
Thursday afternoon.

* Timing and main impact: strong winds are possible over most of
north central and all of southwest Montana from Wednesday
morning through Thursday afternoon. There could be short periods
of lighter winds overnight Wednesday before wind speeds increase
once again on Thursday morning.

* Winds: sustained west winds of 35 to 45 mph… with gust up to
65 mph are possible.

* Other impacts: those driving high profile vehicles should be
prepared for strong cross winds… especially on north to south
highways.

* Locations affected include: most of north central and all of
southwest Montana.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A high wind watch means there is the potential for a hazardous
high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph… or gusts of
58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest
forecasts.

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