ADVISORY: 12″ of Snow, Strong Winds for SW Montana Through Tuesday Morning
Southern mountains of Gallatin, Madison and Beaverhead Counties may get up to a foot of fresh snow by Tuesday morning. Gusty winds up to 60 mph are also possible, creating difficult travel conditions over mountain passes.
The most snowfall will occur above 6,500 feet so travel over mountain passes is the largest concern with this Advisory.
According to the National Weather Service:
- THERE IS A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM TUESDAY for the southern mountains of Gallatin, Madison and Beaverhead Counties.
- WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THIS ADVISORY: Total snow accumulations between 3 and 8 inches, with up to 12 inches over mountain passes along the Idaho border.
- Winds gusting as high as 60 mph at times near the higher peaks.
- WHERE IS THIS ADVISORY? Elevations above 6500 feet in Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison Counties.
- WHEN IS THIS ADVISORY IN EFFECT? Until 5 AM Tuesday.
- IMPACTS OF THIS ADVISORY: Travel could be difficult, especially over Chief Joseph, Raynolds, and Targhee Passes.
- Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility at times.
- THE GOOD NEWS? This advisory does not include the cities of Bozeman, Dillon, Ennis OR Bozeman Pass.
- Slow down and use caution while driving during this time period. Blowing and drifting snow will certainly be an issue
- The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5-1-1.
Always use your headlights while driving in these conditions. Check your wipers (front and back) to make sure they're in good shape and do a quick check on your wiper fluid.
Although this Advisory pertains mostly to higher elevations in the southern portion of these counties, just a couple of inches of snow and gusty winds can reduce visibility to dangerous levels very quickly.