By Friday night, we could see 6 fresh inches of snow in the higher elevations of several Montana counties. 

From Homestake Pass in southwest Montana all the way north to Browning and East Glacier, a Winter Storm Watch threatens with "heavy snow at times" with up to 6 inches of snow by Friday night.

Depending on the county, the Winter Weather Watches are for areas above 5,000 or 5,500 feet. This could be wet, heavy snow making travel difficult through the passes.

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(For Homestake Pass/Butte mountainous area) According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow in excess of 6 inches possible for elevations above about 5500 feet.
  • WHERE...Jefferson County.
  • WHEN...From Thursday evening through late Friday night.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult.

(For Helena area, mountains) According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow in excess of 6 inches possible for elevations above about 5000 feet.
  • WHERE...Lewis and Clark County and the Rocky Mountain Front.
  • WHEN...From Thursday evening through late Friday night.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult over mountain passes.

(From Choteau to Browning) According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow in excess of 6 inches possible for elevations above about 5000 feet.
  • WHERE...Lewis and Clark County and the Rocky Mountain Front.
  • WHEN...From Thursday evening through late Friday night.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult over mountain passes.

(Great Falls area) According to the National Weather Service:

  • WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT.
  • WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
  • Total snow in excess of 6 inches possible for elevations above about 5000 feet.
  • WHERE...Cascade, Judith Basin and Meagher Counties.
  • WHEN...From Thursday evening through late Friday night.
  • IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult over mountain passes.

Keep in mind that the valleys of these areas may not see much snow, but the higher mountains and the passes could get quite sloppy on Friday...perhaps as early as late Thursday.

Turn on those headlights and stay safe!

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