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Winter Storm Warning for Bozeman Beginning Sunday

snow in Bozeman
photo by Dave Wooten

The main part of the this latest winter storm is expected to hit the Bozeman area on Sunday. Look for single digit temps for the overnight on Sunday and a few inches of snow. Our next extended period of sunshine will probably not happen until Wednesday and it will probably only hang around for a day. Below is the latest from the National Weather Service:

.. Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 6 am Sunday to
5 PM MST Monday…

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and areas of blowing snow remains
in effect from 6 am Sunday to 5 PM MST Monday.

* Timing and main impact: light snow will develop by early Sunday
morning for areas south of a line from Helena to Bozeman and
spread north across much of central and north central Montana by
Sunday afternoon. Snow will become locally moderate to heavy at
times late Sunday afternoon through Sunday night then diminish
from north to south on Monday. In addition to reduced
visibilities in falling snow… roadways will become snow packed
and icy across the region Sunday afternoon making travel
difficult through Monday morning.

* Snow accumulations: storm total snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8
inches are expected at lower elevations… with 8 to 12 inches in
the mountains. Highest snowfall amounts are expected in the
vicinity of the Elkhorn Mountains, including the Helena and
Lincoln areas. Lesser snowfall accumulations of 4 to 6 inches is
expected from Great Falls to Lewistown and from Townsend south
to Three Forks and Bozeman.

* Winds and visibility: visibilities will be less than one mile at
times due to falling snow with localized blowing snow over
mountain passes along the Continental Divide.

* Temperatures and wind chill: temperatures in the single digits
and low teens Sunday afternoon will fall to the single digits
and teens below zero Sunday night. This combined with northeast
winds around 10 mph will create wind chill values of 15 below to
35 below zero Sunday and Sunday night.

* To see a graphical representation of this hazard please visit

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. Significant amounts of snow are forecast
that will make travel dangerous. If you must travel… keep an
extra flashlight… food… and water in your vehicle in case of an

For specific Road and travel conditions in Montana… dial 5 1 1.

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