Significant snowfall and bitter cold temperatures are going to make travel (and life in general) more difficult as we approach the weekend with a Winter Storm Warning for southwest Montana.

According to the National Weather Service:

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM FRIDAY.

  • LOCATIONS INCLUDE: BATTLE RIDGE PASS... BOZEMAN... BOZEMAN PASS... TARGHEE PASS... WEST YELLOWSTONE... BOULDER... BOULDER HILL... ELK PARK PASS... HOMESTAKE PASS... WHITEHALL... TOWNSEND... BIG HOLE PASS... CHIEF JOSEPH PASS... DILLON... MONIDA PASS... ENNIS... NORRIS HILL... RAYNOLDS PASS... TWIN BRIDGES.
  • TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS ARE POSSIBLE THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS AND  7 TO 13 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS.

  • WINDS: SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
  • PERIODS OF MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY AT TIMES AND LEAD TO SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADS.
  • THE SNOW WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SIGNIFICANTLY COLDER TEMPERATURES BY FRIDAY NIGHT.  
  • A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW, SLEET AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.
  • THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
  • FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA DIAL 511.
(photo Michelle Wolfe/KMMS)