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Moderate to heavy snow expected in western Montana this week

Moderate to high winter storm to hit western Montana this week

Another winter storm is set to dump significant snow in western Montana’s mountains this week.

National Weather Service meteorologists anticipate a ‘moderate to heavy snow event’ as the storm moves from the northwest to the southeast Wednesday into Thursday.

The storm could drop a foot or more of fresh snow over Lookout and Lolo Passes. The Rocky Mountain Front, including Marias Pass could see at least 8 inches of powder Thursday into Friday. West Yellowstone also has a good chance of picking up over a foot.

Western Montana’s valleys are also in line for some accumulation, but forecasters are still pinning down specifics. Preliminary estimates range from upwards of 10 inches in the Yaak, to half a foot in Libby and Kalispell to about 4 inches in Missoula by Thursday.

Conditions are predicted to settle down by the weekend, but forecasters are watching another system that may bring yet another round of significant snow to the region by early next week.

O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the University of Montana School of Journalism. His first career job out of school was covering the 1995 Montana Legislature. When the session wrapped up, O’Brien was fortunate enough to land a full-time position at the station as a general assignment reporter. Feel free to drop him a line at edward.obrien@umt.edu.