It's the first Winter Weather Advisory of the season! Bozeman area mountain passes could see several inches of snow this Friday and Saturday. Wildfire relief!

Some desperately needed moisture is arriving this week, and combined with rapidly dropping temperatures, create a minor Winter Weather Advisory for Friday morning.

According to the National Weather Service:

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM FRIDAY TO NOON MDT SATURDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 7000 FEET

  • LOCATIONS: BIG HOLE PASS, CHIEF JOSEPH PASS, AND TARGHEE PASS.
  • TIMING: RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT AS SNOW LEVELS LOWER TO AROUND 6000 FEET.
  • SNOWFALL RATES WILL PEAK FRIDAY MORNING. MOUNTAIN SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT, GRADUALLY ENDING FROM WEST TO EAST ON SATURDAY.
  • ACCUMULATIONS: SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 2 INCHES ON MOUNTAIN PASSES THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHTS, WITH FALLING SNOW MELTING ON ROAD SURFACES DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS FRIDAY.
  • SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE PASS LEVEL. 
  • WINDS: NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.
  • SNOW LEVEL: LOWERING TO 6000 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.
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