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High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 27 at 2:53PM MST until February 29 at 8:00AM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...For the High Wind Warning, south winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected. For the High Wind Watch, south winds 30 to 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph possible. * WHERE...Madison River Valley. * WHEN...For the High Wind Warning, from midnight tonight to 8 AM MST Thursday. For the High Wind Watch, from Thursday morning through Friday morning. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...High winds will primarily affect Norris Hill on Wednesday, with more widespread winds expected on Thursday and Thursday night.

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Area
Madison River Valley

High Wind Warning

High Wind Warning issued February 27 at 2:53PM 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, and Judith Basin County and Judith Gap. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 5 PM MST Thursday. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

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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

High Wind Watch

High Wind Watch issued February 27 at 2:53PM MST until March 1 at 12:00PM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...Southwest winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph possible. * WHERE...The Mountains of Southwestern Montana south of Interstate 90, Upper Blackfoot and MacDonald Pass, Big Belt, Bridger and Castle Mountains, Meagher County Valleys, Elkhorn and Boulder Mountains, Canyon Ferry Area, Missouri Headwaters, and Beaverhead and Western Madison below 6000ft. * WHEN...From Thursday morning through Friday morning. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel could be very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

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Area
Upper Blackfoot and MacDonald Pass; Big Belt, Bridger and Castle Mountains; Meagher County Valleys; Elkhorn and Boulder Mountains; Canyon Ferry Area; Missouri Headwaters; Northwest Beaverhead County; Beaverhead and Western Madison below 6000ft; Ruby Mountains and Southern Beaverhead Mountains; Gallatin and Madison County Mountains and Centennial Mountains

High Wind Watch

High Wind Watch issued February 27 at 2:53PM MST until March 1 at 12:00PM MST by NWS Great Falls MT

* WHAT...For the High Wind Warning, south winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected. For the High Wind Watch, south winds 30 to 50 mph with gusts up to 75 mph possible. * WHERE...Madison River Valley. * WHEN...For the High Wind Warning, from midnight tonight to 8 AM MST Thursday. For the High Wind Watch, from Thursday morning through Friday morning. * IMPACTS...High winds may move loose debris, damage property and cause power outages. Travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...High winds will primarily affect Norris Hill on Wednesday, with more widespread winds expected on Thursday and Thursday night.

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Area
Madison River Valley

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 27 at 12:10PM MST until February 27 at 8:00PM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations 2 to 4 inches along Highway 12 from Lolo Hot Springs to Lolo Pass. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. * WHERE...Highway 12 from Lolo Hot Springs to Lolo Pass * WHEN...Until 8 PM MST this evening. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected.

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Area
Bitterroot/Sapphire Mountains

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 27 at 12:10PM MST until February 28 at 5:00PM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 5 inches and up to 10 inches for elevations above 4000 feet. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby, Highway 56 Bull Lake Road, Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish, and Highway 37 Eureka to Libby. * WHEN...From 2 AM to 5 PM MST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected.

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Area
Kootenai/Cabinet Region

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning issued February 27 at 12:10PM MST until February 28 at 5:00PM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected for elevations above 4000 feet. Total snow accumulations between 6 and 12 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Evaro Hill. * WHEN...From 2 AM to 5 PM MST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning and evening commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

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Area
Lower Clark Fork Region

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 27 at 12:10PM MST until February 29 at 2:00PM MST by NWS Missoula MT

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 3 and 6 inches at the lower elevations with 6 to 12 inches from Essex to Marias Pass. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...Marias Pass, Highway 83 Bigfork to Swan Lake, Polebridge, Bad Rock Canyon, and Essex. * WHEN...From 5 AM Wednesday to 2 PM MST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be affected.

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Area
West Glacier Region

Winter Weather Advisory

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 27 at 12:09PM MST until February 28 at 12:00PM MST by NWS Billings MT

* WHAT...Blowing snow and strong crosswinds expected. Southwest winds gusting between 45 and 65 mph. Highest gusts near Livingston and Nye. * WHERE...Beartooth Foothills, Livingston Area, and Northern Sweet Grass. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to noon MST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility, which along with strong crosswinds will make travel difficult. Travel on I-90 from Livingston to Big Timber, and roads along the Beartooth foothills, will be impacted. Those driving high-profile vehicles or towing trailers should consider using an alternate route. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The risk of blowing snow will diminish as temperatures warm into the 40s Wednesday afternoon. However, strong southwest winds are expected to continue through Thursday night.

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Area
Livingston Area; Beartooth Foothills; Northern Sweet Grass

Avalanche Watch

Avalanche Watch issued February 27 at 11:54AM MST by NWS Missoula MT

AVAMSO The following message is transmitted at the request of Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center Sandpoint ID. ...AVALANCHE WATCH ISSUED BY THE IDAHO PANHANDLE AVALANCHE CENTER... 09:00 PST Tue Feb 27 2024 The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center in Sandpoint has issued a BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WATCH 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 areas and the IPAC forecast zones may rise to high by Wednesday, February 28th. * WHERE...Elevations above 5,000 feet in the St. Regis/Silver Valley area, Selkirk Range, West and East Cabinets and the Purcell Range of Northwest Montana. * WHEN...In effect from Tue 09:00 PST to Wed 09:00 PST. * IMPACTS...Heavy snowfall and strong winds are forecasted for Wednesday (Feb 28th)-Sunday (March 3rd) at elevations above 4,000 feet. 20 to 60+ inches of snow are forecasted to fall during that time. The new snow and wind will cause dangerous avalanche conditions in steep and mountainous terrain. * PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...Very dangerous avalanche conditions expected. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Avalanches may run long distances and can run into mature forests, valley floors, or flat terrain. 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

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
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