WINTER storm warnings for parts of Montana and Idaho

Snow levels down to around 5000 feet
Up to 10 inches of snow in some areas.

National Weather Service Great Falls MT
345 AM MDT Wed Sep 13 2017

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The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter
Weather Advisory For elevations above 6000 feet for snow, which
is in effect from 6 PM Thursday to noon MDT Saturday.

* Locations: Logan Pass, Kings Hill Pass, Flesher Pass,
MacDonald Pass, Boulder Hill, Elk Park Pass, and Homestake

* Timing: Rain will change to snow Thursday night as snow levels
lower to around 5000 feet. Snowfall rates will peak Thursday
night. Mountain snow will continue through Friday, gradually
ending from north to south Friday night into Saturday morning.

* Accumulations: Snow accumulation of up to 2 inches on mountain
passes Thursday night, with falling snow melting on road
surfaces during daylight hours Friday. Snow accumulation of 3 to
6 inches over the Rocky Mountain Lewis Range, and up to 10
inches above pass level in the Little Belt and Boulder mountain

* Winds: North 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

* Snow Level: Lowering to 5000 feet.

* Impacts: Slushy snow accumulation Thursday night will cause
minor travel difficulties over mountain passes. Wet and raw
conditions could cause hypothermia issues for firefighters,
hunters, and anyone else caught unprepared in the backcountry.

* Web Page: To see a graphical representation of this hazard,
please visit our web page and mouse over the Current Hazards
menu, then select Detailed Hazards.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Use caution while

For specific road and travel conditions in Montana, dial 5 1 1 .

See side-by-side forecasts for Montana here:

And winter storm warning here:

Thanks to Stephen Nagy in Montana for these links

5 thoughts on “WINTER storm warnings for parts of Montana and Idaho

  1. Is It Really The End Of Summer? Snow Expected In Idaho Tonight

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    I’m going to use a four letter word and some of you may not like it. Snow.
    We still have about a week left of summer and I love snow…but I’m not ready to find my winter clothes yet! Luckily, I shouldn’t have to. According to reports from the National Weather Service on Unofficial Networks, the snow will mainly fall in high elevations of Montana and Wyoming. Mount Borah in Idaho could also get over 8 inches as the snow extends down close to the Lost River area into the weekend.

  2. I live south of Missoula, Montana, in the Sapphire & Bitterroot Mountains at 3,500 ft; in the area being discussed, and we haven’t been getting snow like this for several years. Our hunting seasons have been without snow quite regularly and last year we didn’t get ANY snow until the last few days of the season in late November. However the winter snow sticks around here until early August at higher altitude (6,000 ft+).

    So, it’s about 60 days early, and with this the bow hunters might stop complaining about terrible tracking conditions without SNOW. Animals leave tell-tale tracks in the snow to follow their movements.

    The real change has been the temperature and seasonal shift. What used to take several weeks to change from blistering hot to a cooler fall season has turned into an OVERNIGHT event. Even with hot days (80s & 90s), the nights are dropping into the mid to low forties. This summer has been like the Sahara and then overnight NOW it’s cold-drizzly-wet old London, and then our next day is followed by northern Norway. We could turn around of course and go back to the Sahara for a couple of weeks, but if the snow sticks and keeps advancing down the mountainsides then the shift to winter will have deleted our having any FALL season.

    Sometimes we get an Indian Summer; a reprieve with sun & heat in early November, but they have become all but scarce events.

    It’s very early to get this kind of snow, however (trying to be positive) we do need it to possibly dampen and put out some of the high-mountain fires that have been allowed to go unchecked. Global warming nonsense is only a political expedient …try living here in the cold reality.

  3. I forgot to mention that I keep several hives of bees and their water basins that I provide for water have been freezing at night for about the last month. I’m considering insulating, covering, and putting them to bed for the winter a few weeks earlier than normal. It’s 44 degrees right now at 10:45 AM. So, it’s like we have lost the FALL season. The last few years were short HOT summers that swiftly transition to COLD and snow. Our WINTER transition back to SPRING has turned into a two week non-event, too.

  4. From my 40 years of experience — it is 1 week late. Typically in the mountains of Montana it snows and rains on Labor Day weekend or 1 week later. It is dramatic – goes from summer to fall. Then the snow melts and comfortable temps until Halloween.

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