Pass level of 5,500 feet around southwest Montana could see up to 4 fresh inches of snow by late Friday night.

Gallatin County, along with several others around southwest Montana, are under a short-lived Winter Weather Advisory until 11pm Friday evening.

The main concern is heavy, wet snow on our mountain passes creating poor visibility situations. Please use extra caution if you must travel. This amount of mountain snow was not expected and the advisory was issued much later in the day than normal.

Heavy, wet snow was falling in Bozeman city limits shortly after 6pm and was starting to accumulate on roadways. Not more than an inch is expected to fall in town.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING ABOVE 5500 FEET.
  • WHAT...Snow occurring above 5500 feet.
  • Additional snow accumulations of one to two inches on mountain passes, with 2 to 4 inches above pass level.
  • Minor snow accumulation of an inch or less is possible in the valleys.
  • WHERE WILL THIS ADVISORY AFFECT...Portions of central, southwest and west central Montana, mainly at and above mountain pass level.
  • WHEN...Until 11 PM Friday evening.
  • IMPACTS OF THIS ADVISORY...Plan on slick or snow-covered road conditions.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The greater threat from these snow showers will be rapid reduction in visibility and rapid accumulation on roadways.
  • This will mainly impact passes including MacDonald Pass, Elk Park Pass, Boulder Pass, Chief Joseph Pass, Bozeman Pass, Deep Creek Pass, and Kings Hill Pass.
  • PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling.
  • The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.