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WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO NOON SATURDAY


By admin - Posted on 16 November 2011

......WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO NOON MST SATURDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO NOON MST SATURDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: STRONG WINDS AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP ON
THURSDAY AHEAD OF A PACIFIC COLD FRONT. WINDS WILL INCREASE
DURING THE MORNING HOURS ON THURSDAY WITH SNOW DEVELOPING BY
THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THIS WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL
CONDITIONS WITH REDUCED VISIBILITIES AND SNOW-COVERED ROADS
THURSDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT.

A SECOND ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL BRING SHARPLY COLDER
TEMPERATURES AND HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW BEGINNING LATE THURSDAY
NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW ACCUMULATIONS
ARE EXPECTED ABOVE 5000 FEET.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED IN THE
LITTLE BELT AND HIGHWOOD MOUNTAINS ON THURSDAY WITH LOCALLY
HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
ABOVE 5000 WITH 3 TO 5 INCHES POSSIBLE BELOW 5000 FEET WITH
THE SECOND STORM SYSTEM FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: WEST-SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY. VISIBILITIES COULD BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ELEVATIONS: ABOVE 5000 FEET.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF FALLING SNOW AND STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. TRAVELERS AND THOSE PLANNING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING AND TREACHEROUS WINTER CONDITIONS.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...KINGS HILL PASS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND STRONG WINDS ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA...DIAL 5 1 1.

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