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Eyes on Local Passes as Winter Storm Warning Hits Western Montana

Snow at Lolo Pass
Photo courtesy of Montana Department of Transportation

As Missoula and the rest of Western Montana prepare for the first big snow dump of the winter, we suggest keeping tabs on the road conditions before you travel.

Check out photos of road conditions provided by Montana Department of Transportation.

Photos of Lookout Pass

Photos of Lolo Pass

Photos of Lost Trail Pass

Photos of Rogers Pass

Photos of Homestake Pass

 

 

And in case you missed it on the radio this morning, here is the news on the weather headed our way…

 

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH

THURSDAY MORNING…FOR ALL THE FOLLOWING AREAS; LOWER CLARK FORK REGION, NORTHERN CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS-SOUTHERN CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS-

BITTERROOT/SAPPHIRE MOUNTAINS, WEST GLACIER REGION, POTOMAC/SEELEY LAKE REGION, MISSOULA/BITTERROOT VALLEYS, AND THE FLATHEAD/MISSION VALLEYS.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…BLOWING SNOW…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.

 

ON THE LOWER CLARK FORK-

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY STARTING TUESDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. MAJOR TRAVEL IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HIGH AMOUNTS OF SNOW… ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL 2 TO 5 INCHES BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…ACCUMULATIONS 10 TO 16 INCHES IN VALLEYS AND 24 TO 36 INCHES OVER LOOKOUT PASS AND THE THROUGHOUT THE HIGH TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED.

 

IN THE NORTHERN CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS-SOUTHERN CLEARWATER MOUNTAINS-

BITTERROOT/SAPPHIRE MOUNTAINS- TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY STARTING TUESDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY.

MAJOR TRAVEL IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HIGH AMOUNTS OF SNOW

ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL 1 TO 3 INCHES BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY ACCUMULATIONS…36 TO 48 INCHES WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS EXPECTED OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES AND THROUGHOUT THE HIGH TERRAIN. LOWER ELEVATION ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 12 INCHES.

 

FOR THE WEST GLACIER REGION-TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY STARTING TUESDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. MAJOR TRAVEL IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HIGH AMOUNTS OF SNOW ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL 4 TO 7 INCHES BY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…ACCUMULATIONS 24 TO 36 INCHES WITH

HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

WIND: 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

 

IN THE POTOMAC/SEELEY LAKE REGION- TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY…SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY STARTING TUESDAY AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY.

MAJOR TRAVEL IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO HIGH AMOUNTS OF SNOW ESPECIALLY OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TOTAL 2 TO 5 INCHES BY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY ACCUMULATIONS…24 TO 36 INCHES WITH

HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES AND THROUGHOUT

THE HIGH TERRAIN.

 

IN THE MISSOULA/BITTERROOT VALLEYS-THE PRESENCE OF SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS TODAY

AND TONIGHT COULD RESULT IN PERIODS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SLICK ROADWAYS. HOWEVER THE MORE WIDESPREAD AND PERSISTENT SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN TUESDAY MORNING. PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL WILL CAUSE TRAVEL ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE

NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. ON WEDNESDAY: SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE MISSOULA AND BITTERROOT VALLEYS WITH PERIODS OF

HEAVY SNOWFALL LIKELY. TO FURTHER ACCENTUATE THE COMPLEXITY AND DANGEROUS NATURE OF THIS WINTER STORM…FREEZING RAIN MAY BECOME POSSIBLE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AND PERSIST THROUGHOUT THE MORNING.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: FROM TUESDAY TO WEDNESDAY MORNING…A TOTAL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED. FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING TILL THURSDAY MORNING…AN ADDITIONAL 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. TOTAL ACCUMULATION FROM TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY COULD RANGE BETWEEN 8 AND 16 INCHES.

 

FOR THE FLATHEAD/MISSION VALLEYS-

THROUGH TUESDAY SNOW SHOWERS WILL INCREASE AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES. EAST WINDS WILL LIKELY INCREASE AND COULD CAUSE SOME VISIBILITY ISSUES DUE TO BLOWING SNOW. SNOW WILL LIKELY DECREASE TUESDAY NIGHT ONLY TO RETURN AGAIN WEDNESDAY MORNING.

PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOWFALL ARE EXPECTED THROUGHOUT WEDNESDAY WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVY SNOW ACROSS THE MISSION VALLEY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. FREEZING RAIN MAY BECOME POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING

FURTHER ACCENTUATING THE DANGEROUS NATURE OF THE UPCOMING WINTER STORM.

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING…3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…AN ADDITIONAL 6 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE WITH LOCAL AREAS POTENTIALLY RECEIVING MORE. AT

THIS TIME THE HEAVIEST SNOW APPEARS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN MISSION VALLEY.

 

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