Montana travelers may encounter some nasty weather in the higher elevations on Wednesday evening. If you're hitting the road early for Thanksgiving, keep a keen eye on the forecast details.

According to the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM WEDNESDAY TO 2 AM MST THURSDAY.

  • LOCATIONS... MONIDA PASS... RAYNOLDS PASS... ELK PARK PASS... HOMESTAKE PASS... BOZEMAN PASS... TARGHEE PASS.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 6 INCHES.
  • TIMING... SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS WILL BEGIN LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON.
  • A STEADIER SNOWFALL IS THEN EXPECTED LATER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING BEFORE TAPERING OFF BY EARLY MORNING ON THANKSGIVING.
  • SLICK, SNOW-COVERED ROADS AND VISIBILITY REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES, ESPECIALLY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
  • WINDS... WEST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
  • TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S.
  • SNOW LEVEL... 4500 FEET LOWERING TO VALLEY FLOORS.
  • 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.
  • FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA... DIAL 511
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