Mother Nature is Coming for the Montana Idaho Border This Week
This week won't be a great time for travel to Idaho. Up to two feet of snow and very gusty winds are expected around West Yellowstone and along the Montana/Idaho border.
It's pretty rare that we see the phrase "travel could be difficult to impossible" so let's take this advisory seriously. Even with just a FEW inches of snow falling in that area can cause poor visibility - this storm is supposed to bring up to two feet and very gusty winds. That makes for a dangerous combination.
Obviously, this is a main driving and trucking route south into Idaho. Cell coverage can be VERY spotty and services/stores are few and far between. Whiteout conditions occur frequently because of the wide open roads.
- A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
- Travel may be very difficult and/or dangerous at times during this storm event.
- WHAT...Heavy snow possible.
- Total snow accumulations between 5 and 10 inches possible for most of the area, though locations near West Yellowstone and along the Idaho border could see 12 to 24 inches.
- Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
- WHERE...Gallatin and Madison County Mountains and Centennial Mountains.
- WHEN...From late Wednesday night through Friday afternoon.
- IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
- The hazardous conditions could impact the Thursday morning and evening commutes.
Even if the forecast lightens up a bit, this time period isn't the best to be driving back and forth to Idaho. Should you need assistance, it will take a long time and could potentially be life-threatening.