Another heavy spring snowstorm will affect southwestern Montana Friday through Saturday

BOZEMAN – Another strong Pacific storm is slowly moving into southwestern Montana Thursday afternoon with patchy bands of snow along the Continental Divide.

The area of ​​greatest concern is southwestern Montana east of the Friday-Saturday division. South of Beaverhead, all of Madison, Gallatin and Park counties will see very heavy wet snow above 6,000 feet. Some mountain ranges could see several feet of snow coming out of this storm.

The National Weather Service released a WINTER STORM WARNING Friday 6 a.m. through Saturday noon for Madison, Gallatin, and Park counties in the southwestern Montana mountain ranges. Valleys are not included in the warning.

Snow accumulations will range from 1-3 inches for the lower valleys, mountain passes 4-8 inches or more, and higher elevations could see 1-2 feet of snow.

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Starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, a WINTER STORM WATCH is up for Yellowstone National Park, central Montana, and Far Eastern counties. These watch areas will likely be upgraded to warnings soon.

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Possible snow totals for southwestern Montana with the latest model, keep in mind that this model likely overestimates snow totals for Bozeman, as the forecast calls for mixed rain/snow from Friday through Saturday, but the more you the closer you get to the Gallatin Range and Bridger Range the higher the probability of heavy wet snow.

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On Sunday, a warmer, drier trend will begin and by early next week, temperatures could hit the 60s.

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