Snow and very cold temperatures are in the forecast for north central and SW Montana through Wednesday night. A few inches are possible in town with up to a foot in the mountains.

Here's the official report from the National Weather Service:

 

  • WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING...
  • A CANADIAN COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH ACROSS THE AREA TUESDAY AND WILL COMBINE WITH A WINTER WEATHER SYSTEM MOVING OUT OF THE PACIFIC FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT WITH MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
  • BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH GUSTY NORTH WINDS COULD CREATE SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL HAZARDS LATE TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE VALLEYS AND LOWER ELEVATIONS WITH UP TO ONE FOOT IN THE MOUNTAINS. AREAS ALONG THE HI-LINE ARE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL.
  • TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN ALONG THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT TUESDAY MORNING AND WILL SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
  • IMPACTS... DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH SLIPPERY ROADS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW ARE ANTICIPATED. COLD TEMPERATURES AND WINDY CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO WIND CHILLS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FROSTBITE IN A SHORT TIME FRAME.
  • WINDS... NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.
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