Enjoy the warm weather while you can, because things are going to change this weekend.

The National Weather has issued a Winter Storm Watch for portions of central, southwest, and west central Montana.

The Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday evening through late Sunday night.
Heavy snow is possible. 5 to 10 inches of snow is possible at lower elevations with us to 18 possible in the mountains. Winds gusts could reach 30 mph or more.

The winter weather could make travel extremely difficult, and areas of blowing snow could greatly reduce visibility. Snowfall rates from late Saturday evening through Sunday morning could approach one inch per hour.

According to the Weather Channel, there is a 100% chance of snow in Bozeman on Saturday night, with 1 to 3 inches of snow likely overnight. For Sunday, snow is expected during the morning and will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. 3 to 5 inches of snow are predicted for Sunday, according to the Weather Channel forecast.

The snow is expected to stop falling late Sunday, with temperatures in the upper 20s and low 30s in the forecast for next week.

Recently, we put together a list of winter driving safety tips to keep you safe when you're on the road this winter in Montana which include increasing following distance and removing all snow and ice from your vehicle. To read more about winter driving safety tips in Montana, click here.

It is also important to make sure your pets are safe during the winter in Montana. Keeping them outside in the cold is not recommended. To read more about keeping your pets safe this winter in Montana, click here.

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