The harsh forecasts have been right so far with snow, cold and wind causing havoc all over southwest Montana. A lot more is on the way this weekend.

Daytime highs may melt snow during the day on roads and highways, then freeze again overnight when temps drop dramatically.

Wind chills will be a VERY SERIOUS CONCERN even if we don't get very much snow. The temperature WILL DROP dramatically and when they are combined with gusty winds, the chance of frostbite becomes very real.

Keep a good eye on your pets if they go outside. Roads and sidewalks that are covered in snow can cause frostbite on their paws quickly.

Make sure all your hoses are disconnected from the house as pipes can freeze.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
  • WHAT IS EXPECTED: Heavy snow is possible for the forecast area.
  • Total snow accumulations of 5 to 13 inches are possible for this Watch Area.
  • WHERE WILL THIS HAPPEN: Several counties will be affected: portions of central, north central, southwest and west central Montana.
  • WHEN WILL THIS HAPPEN: From Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.
  • WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS: Travel will probably be quite difficult from Friday night through Saturday morning. Travelers will encounter blowing snow which could significantly reduce visibility The cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero can cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THIS WATCH: Thursday afternoon through Friday morning may be reasonably calm in terms of snowfall and wind but yet another storm is expected to affect the Northern Rockies (including our area near Bozeman) from Friday night through Saturday afternoon.