Winter Watch

Nov 22, 2010 9:14 PM by KRTV

Bitter cold, more snow for much of Montana

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight Tuesday, and a Wind Chill Advisory is now in effect until noon on Wednesday, for much of north-central Montana.

Snow, moderate at times, will continue through Tuesday evening, with new snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches expected.

Occasional wind gusts of 15 to 25 mph will create localized areas of blowing and drifting snow and visibilities of less than one half mile.

Bitterly cold temperatures and expected breezy winds will produce wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero. Road travel will be difficult due to intermittent moderate to heavy snow and reduced visibilities.

Locations affected include Fairfield, Choteau, Chester, Shelby, Chinook, Big Sandy, Fort Benton, Browning, Marias Pass, Logan Pass, Conrad, Havre, Cut Bank, Great Falls, Kings Hill Pass, Flesher Pass, Helena, Lincoln, MacDonald Pass, and Rogers Pass.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure to dress to minimize skin exposure.

Check the KRTV Weather page for the latest conditions and forecast, and check the MDT Road Conditions website before traveling.