3 Feet Possible at Absaroka, Beartooth Range

The far south of Park and Gallatin counties could see up to THREE FEET of fresh snow at noon on Tuesday in high altitudes. Lower elevations, including Yellowstone National Park, will likely receive several inches of heavy, wet snow as well.

Many parts of Montana have been under rainy conditions for several days, which is great news for delaying the fire season. But THIS spring snowstorm for the mountain ranges is great news for the longer-term snowpack.

According to the National Weather Service:

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  • WHAT…Heavy wet snow expected.
  • Total snowfall 1 to 3 feet above 8000 feetwith locally higher quantities, more important on the slopes exposed to the northeast.
  • Winds blowing up to 40 mph.
  • WHERE… Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains.
  • WHEN…Until Tuesday noon.
  • IMPACTS OF THIS WINTER STORM WARNING…Recreation in the high country will be impacted by harsh winter conditions.
  • Heavy snow will fall on the high elevations of the Beartooth Highway.
  • For the latest road conditions, you can always call 5 1 1.

snowy highway

Courtesy of Wyoming Highway Patrol

As of late Monday, Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding areas will also have received several centimeters of fresh snow. (IMPORTANT TO NOTE: The worst weather and driving conditions for the park area are expected to end late Monday morning, although snow may continue to fall.) According to the National Weather Service:

  • WHAT…Snow. Total snowfall accumulation 6 to 10 inches, especially above 8000 foot elevation.
  • WHERE…Yellowstone National Park and the Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains.
  • WHEN…Until 3 p.m. Monday.
  • IMPACTS…Travel impacts are likely on the Togwotee and Teton Passes.

The real concern here is the Absaroka and Beartooth ranges. Be extremely careful if you absolutely must drive near the areas, as the roads will be covered in snow and very slippery. High winds will also play an important role in this particular spring storm. Stay safe there!

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