Hopefully this next snowy front will dump significant snow in western Montana. Areas west of Whitefish to Missoula are expecting several inches of fresh snow by Thursday morning.

More snow will be a blessing for Montana ski areas and high mountain snowpack. Although Montana's current Snow Water Equivalent is looking OK for now, certain sections of the state could use much more snow.

USDA

According to the National Weather Service:

  • THERE IS A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM WEDNESDAY TO 5 AM THURSDAY FOR FAR WESTERN MONTANA.
  • WHAT...Snow is expected to fall with total snow accumulations of 3 to 8 inches near the Idaho and Montana border (to the west).
  • Total snowfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches east of Libby along Highway 2 and 37.
  • WHERE...Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby, Highway 37 Eureka to Libby, Highway 56 Bull Lake Road, and Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish.
  • WHEN...From 5 AM Wednesday to 5 AM Thursday.
  • IMPACTS OF THIS WINER WEATHER ADVISORY...Travel could be affected. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS
  • ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH THIS ADVISORY... Slow down and use caution while traveling. Road conditions change rapidly, especially in higher elevations. If winds kick up, visibility could fall to dangerous levels.
  • The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. (This number will work in any state you're calling from, i.e. call from Montana and you'll get Montana road conditions. Call from Colorado and you'll get Colorado Road Conditions...)

You can check snow pack levels around the state of Montana anytime at the USDA link. You'll find general percentages and specific are information.