Winter storm watches issued for parts of Montana with up to 60 cm of snow possible
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 1:13 PM -
The calendar may say fall, but Mother Nature has a different idea in Montana.
"A storm system will move into Montana this week bringing the potential for widespread precipitation and much cooler temperatures to portions of Central and Southwest Montana Wednesday and Thursday," the National Weather Service says in their statement. "Accumulating snowfall will be possible above 5000 ft."
The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected in central and southwest Montana mountain ranges where between 15-35 cm of snow are possible. Up to 60 cm could fall in areas above 7000 feet.
According to the NWS, lower snowfall amounts are expected along the Rocky Mountain Front, with mostly rain forecast over southwest Montana.
"Slushy roads are possible over mountain passes with difficult conditions for outdoor activities including the risk of hypothermia from cold, wet, and windy conditions," the NWS warns.
That same system is expected to push into the southern Prairies Wednesday night bringing up to 90 mm of rain to the hardest hit places through Friday.
"It will remain as rain, not snow, for the Prairies, but extremely gusty winds and single digit highs will make things feel pretty chilly," says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
The storm is forecast to push across Saskatchewan on Thursday, bringing upwards of 50 mm in some areas.
The storm will intensify as it hits northern Manitoba -- particularly in The Pas and Flin Flon regions, where as much as 70 mm of rain and strong winds are expected.
Be sure to check our Alerts page for watches and warnings.