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Winter Weather Advisory For Snow Through Saturday 12/8/12

It should be a reasonably snowy weekend in the Bozeman area which is more than welcomed at our regional ski areas. How much snow this weekend?

Photo of Baxter Hotel in Bozeman (Michelle Wolfe/KMMS)

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 5 PM MST
Saturday.

* Timing and main impact: light snow will let up in intensity
early Friday morning… but pick back up in intensity once again
Friday afternoon and evening and then continue to snow through
Saturday. Expect untreated roads to be snow covered and
slippery.

* Snow accumulations: new snow accumulations tonight of 2 to 5
inches can be expected at all elevations. An additional 2 to
5 inches can be expected Friday night through Saturday at
lower elevations… with 6 to 12 inches expected in the
mountains. Isolated amounts around 15 inches are possible in
the mountains around West Yellowstone and Big Sky areas.

* Winds and visibility: northwest winds will begin to increase on
Friday to 15 to 25 mph… with around 30 mph at times. Thus
visibilities will be reduced to less than one half mile at
times.

* Elevations: all elevations will see accumulating snowfall
tonight through Saturday.

* Other impacts: the gusty winds will create areas of blowing snow
and greatly reduced visibilities… especially in open areas and
through mountain passes. Expect untreated roadways to be snow
covered and slippery tonight through Saturday. Allow extra
travel time to reach your destinations through Saturday.

* Locations affected include: White Sulphur Springs… Battle
Ridge Pass… Bozeman… Bozeman Pass… Targhee Pass… West
Yellowstone… Boulder… Boulder Hill… Elk Park Pass…
Homestake pass… Whitehall… Townsend… Big Hole Pass…
Chief Joseph Pass… Dillon… Monida Pass… Ennis… Norris
Hill… Raynolds Pass… Twin Bridges

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution when traveling… especially in open
areas.

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