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Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 27 at 6:22AM MST until February 27 at 5:00PM MST by NWS Billings MT

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Additional snow accumulations up to around one inch. * WHERE...In Montana, Pryor/Northern Bighorn Mountains. In Wyoming, Northeast Bighorn Mountains. * WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon. * IMPACTS...Highway 14 through Burgess Junction is slick and hazardous. Recreation in the high country will be impacted by accumulating snow and blowing snow. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...If you are heading to the high country be prepared for difficult winter conditions. Be sure to let someone know your plans in case you become stranded.

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Area
Pryor/Northern Bighorn Mountains; Northeast Bighorn Mountains

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning issued February 27 at 6:22AM MST until February 27 at 5:00PM MST by NWS Billings MT

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Additional snow accumulations up to around an inch. * WHERE...In Montana, Bighorn Canyon and Southern Big Horn. In Wyoming, Sheridan Foothills. * WHEN...Until 5 PM MST this afternoon. * IMPACTS...Roads are slick and hazardous with poor visibility. including I-90 from Lodge Grass to Sheridan. The hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute. The cold and wet conditions will be dangerous for young livestock.

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Area
Southern Big Horn; Bighorn Canyon; Sheridan Foothills

Avalanche Warning

Avalanche Warning issued February 27 at 5:23AM MST by NWS Billings MT

AVWBYZ The following message is transmitted at the request of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Southern Madison and Southern Gallatin Ranges, where 10 inches of heavy snow fell onto a weak snowpack in the last 24 hours. We are renewing the Avalanche Warning for the mountains around Cooke City, where an additional 7 inches of snow added to storm totals nearing 20 inches. The snowpack is unstable, and triggering dangerous avalanches is very likely. Avoid avalanche terrain and avalanche runout zones. The avalanche danger is HIGH on all slopes. Contact the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for more detailed information. Website: www.mtavalanche.com Avalanche Hotline: 406-587-6981 This warning will expire or be updated by 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28th.

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Area
Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains

Avalanche Warning

Avalanche Warning issued February 27 at 5:22AM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

AVWTFX THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER. ISSUED ON February 27 2024 AT 05:11 am AVALANCHE WARNING The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Southern Madison and Southern Gallatin Ranges, where 10 of heavy snow fell onto a weak snowpack in the last 24 hours. We are renewing the Avalanche Warning for the mountains around Cooke City, where an additional 7 of snow added to storm totals nearing 20. The snowpack is unstable, and triggering dangerous avalanches is very likely. Avoid avalanche terrain and avalanche runout zones. The avalanche danger is HIGH on all slopes. Contact the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for more detailed information. Website: www.mtavalanche.com Avalanche Hotline: 406-587-6981 This warning will expire or be updated by 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 28th.

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Area
Gallatin and Madison County Mountains and Centennial Mountains

Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement issued February 27 at 4:51AM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

At 450 am MST, a band of light snow was situated along the Central Montana highway 200 corridor from Simms to Hobson and extended as far north as Eastern Teton and Southern Chouteau Counties. This area of snow will continue to move off to the east southeast through mid-morning. Accumulations will be light, generally around a half inch to as much as one inch. Conditions are favorable for additional snow shower development throughout the day today, with similar light accumulations. Anyone traveling this morning should be prepared for visibility reductions down to a mile or less at times and slippery roads. Use caution and allow extra time to reach your destination this morning.

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Area
Eastern Pondera and Eastern Teton; Western and Central Chouteau County; Cascade County below 5000ft; Judith Basin County and Judith Gap; Fergus County below 4500ft; Little Belt and Highwood Mountains; Snowy and Judith Mountains

Wind Chill Advisory

Wind Chill Advisory issued February 27 at 2:26AM MST until February 27 at 10:00AM MST by NWS Glasgow MT

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero. * WHERE...Portions of northeast Montana. * WHEN...Until 10 AM MST this morning. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The cold wind chills may cause stress to newborn livestock.

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Area
Central and Southern Valley; Daniels; Sheridan; Western Roosevelt; Northern Phillips; Northern Valley

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 27 at 2:19AM MST until February 29 at 5:00PM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected. Wind gusts will approach 70 mph along the immediate eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Front. * WHERE...The Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent foothills and plains, Eastern Glacier, Western Toole, and Central Pondera Counties, Cascade County below 5000ft, Judith Basin County and Judith Gap, and Madison River Valley. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 5 PM MST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blowing and drifting snow is expected along the Rocky Mountain Front and in the Madison Valley Tuesday night and Wednesday. The blowing and drifting snow may result in slippery roads, reduced visibility, and partial lane blockages. Some impacted routes include US highway 89 from Browning to the Canadian border, Duck Lake Road north of Browning, and US highway 87 in the Madison Valley.

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Area
East Glacier Park Region; Northern High Plains; Eastern Glacier, Western Toole, and Central Pondera; Southern Rocky Mountain Front; Southern High Plains; Cascade County below 5000ft; Judith Basin County and Judith Gap; Madison River Valley

Wind Chill Advisory

Wind Chill Advisory issued February 27 at 1:55AM MST until February 27 at 11:00AM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero. * WHERE...A portion of north central Montana. * WHEN...Until 11 AM MST this morning. * IMPACTS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

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Area
Southern Rocky Mountain Front; Southern High Plains; Eastern Pondera and Eastern Teton; Western and Central Chouteau County; Cascade County below 5000ft; Judith Basin County and Judith Gap; Fergus County below 4500ft

Wind Chill Advisory

Wind Chill Advisory issued February 27 at 1:55AM MST until February 27 at 11:00AM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...Very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero. * WHERE...A portion of north central Montana. * WHEN...Until 11 AM MST this morning. * IMPACTS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

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Area
East Glacier Park Region; Northern High Plains; Eastern Glacier, Western Toole, and Central Pondera; Eastern Toole and Liberty; Hill County; Northern Blaine County; Bears Paw Mountains and Southern Blaine

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 26 at 3:33PM MST until February 27 at 8:00AM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 1 and 4 inches. 2 to 6 inches at Marias pass. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph. * WHERE...Polebridge, Bad Rock Canyon, Essex, Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake, and Marias Pass. * WHEN...Until 8 AM MST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Arctic air will cause gusty east winds with a rapid temperature drop. Flash freeze on wet surfaces will be possible.

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Area
West Glacier Region

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 26 at 3:33PM MST until February 27 at 11:00AM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches in the valleys and 2 to 5 inches in the higher terrain including Lookout Pass. * WHERE...Highway 200 Trout Creek to Heron, Evaro Hill, Highway 200 Thompson Falls to Plains, and I-90 Lookout Pass to Haugan. * WHEN...Until 11 AM MST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected.

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Area
Lower Clark Fork Region

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 26 at 3:33PM MST until February 27 at 11:00AM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 1 to 4 inches in the valleys and 3 to 6 inches in the higher terrain. * WHERE...Highway 200 Bonner to Greenough, Highway 83 Seeley Lake to Condon, and I-90 East Missoula to Bearmouth. * WHEN...Until 11 AM MST Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Arctic air will cause temperatures to drop into low to mid teens tonight potentially allowing for freeze up of wet surfaces.

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Area
Potomac/Seeley Lake Region

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 26 at 3:33PM MST until February 27 at 11:00AM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 1 to 4 inches in the lower elevations and 3 to 8 inches in the higher terrain. * WHERE...Lolo Pass, Highway 11 Pierce to Headquarters, Elk City, Highway 93 Sula to Lost Trail Pass, Dixie, Pierce, Elk River, and Highway 12 Lowell to Lolo Pass. * WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected.

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Area
Northern Clearwater Mountains; Southern Clearwater Mountains; Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains

Avalanche Warning

Avalanche Warning issued February 25 at 6:34PM MST by NWS Missoula MT

AVWMSO The following message is transmitted at the request of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center Sandpoint ID. ...AVALANCHE WARNING ISSUED BY THE IDAHO PANHANDLE AVALANCHE CENTER... 18:00 PST Sun Feb 25 2024 The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center in Sandpoint has issued a BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING for the following areas: NWS Missoula MT - MT 053 (Lincoln County)...MT 061 (Mineral County)...MTC 089 (Sanders County) NWS Spokane WA - ID 017 (Bonner County)...ID 021 (Boundary County)...ID 055 (Kootenai County)...ID 079 (Shoshone County) * WHAT...The avalanche danger for the warning area will remain HIGH through Monday February 25th. * WHERE...Elevations above 5,000' in the St. Joe Mountains of the Silver Valley, Selkirk Range, Purcell Range and Cabinet Mountains of Northern Idaho and Western Montana. * WHEN...In effect from Sun 18:00 PST to Mon 18:00 PST. * IMPACTS...Recent heavy snow combined with strong winds will likely create widespread areas of unstable snow in the backcountry at upper elevations. * PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Consult http://www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/ or www.avalanche.org for more detailed information. Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the coverage area of this or any avalanche center.

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Area
Lincoln, MT; Mineral, MT; Sanders, MT
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Light Snow Fog/Mist 14°F
29.72in
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North 11.5mph
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Light Snow Fog/Mist

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