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National Weather Service

Strong winds are expected later tonight through Tuesday over the Rocky Mountain Front and across all of Glacier County. The strong winds will lead to areas of blowing snow, with poor visibility at times. Some areas of white conditions are possible.
National Weather Service, Great Falls, MT.

The Blackfeet Reservation remains under a state of emergency as yet another blizzard bears down on the Rocky Mountain Front tonight into tomorrow. The series of storms have forced Heart Butte Public Schools to close 10 times since the start of the year.

A blizzard bringing high winds, whiteouts and dangerous travel conditons has hit parts of NW Montana today.
National Weather Service, Great Falls, MT.

Blackfeet Nation Disaster and Emergency Services is advising people to stay off roadways during a blizzard that’s hit the reservation carrying what’s described as “hurricane force winds” and white-out conditions.

Several major roadways, including Highway 89 north and south of Browning, are closed due to poor visibility and wind-blown snow drifts. U.S. Highway 2 is open but experiencing severe driving conditions. Conditions are expected to worsen tonight.

Map of National Weather Service predictions for winter storm in Western Montana February 17 and 18, 2018.
National Weather Service

Brace yourselves for some weekend weather. The National Weather Service advises that an arctic cold front moving south across Western Montana this weekend will bring winter storm conditions including snow and high winds to much of the area.

"Travel will be hazardous to impossible with the blowing and drifting snow and low visibility" said an NWS official in a video released Friday afternoon.

An arctic cold front is pushing into western Montana, bringing with it a wintery mix of snow, wind and bitterly cold temperatures.
National Weather Service Missoula, MT.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Kitsmiller reports temperatures in parts of western Montana climbed into the 50s  Thursday afternoon.

"Which kind of makes you wonder what month it is," Kitsmiller says. "If you are wondering, you probably won’t be tomorrow morning when we’re sitting in the 20s."

The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

Northwestern Energy

Ready or not, a massive winter storm is bearing down on Montana.


A precipitation map as of December 26, 2017
Natural Resources Conservation Service / US Department of Agriculture

Heavy snow is predicted for parts of western Montana this week and that could significantly impact travel plans.

This week’s weather forecast is complex and has a lot of moving pieces. Long story short: Some west-central Montana valleys could get close to a foot of snow by Friday. The mountains could get double that.

Be prepared for difficult travel conditions as roads become slick and visibility is reduced.
National Weather Service Missoula

The first part of this week’s wintery weather forecast brought record snowfall to parts of northwest Montana. Round two starts late Thursday night.

This time, west-central Montana is expected to bear the brunt of this new incoming weather system.

Active Weather Expected Across Northwest Montana This Week

Dec 18, 2017
Very active weather is expected through Wednesday.
National Weather Service Missoula

Very active weather is expected through Wednesday. Light snow is expected to spread into the region on Sunday and increase in intensity late Sunday in northwest Montana. The mountains of northwest Montana may see nearly continuous snow from Sunday through Wednesday with periods of moderate and heavy snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern and north-central part of the state.
Josh Burnham

When you think of winter in Montana, you think lots of snow, not wildfires. But today the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern part of the state. 

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