Posted: Nov 8, 2012 10:17 PM by Meteorologist Mike Rawlins
Updated: Nov 8, 2012 10:17 PM
UPDATE - 10:16pm Thursday
New snowfall numbers are coming into the STORMTracker Weather Center from around the area.
Some locations, including Helena and Great Falls are nearing a foot of accumulated snow since it began early Thursday.
More snow will fall overnight and into Friday morning, before tapering off late Friday.
The sun has set on the first day of our winter storm, but the snow continues to pile up.
As of 7pm, snow totals range from 4.1" in Great Falls to 8" in Townsend.
Winter Storm Warnings continue for areas along Interstate 15 from Cut Bank to Great Falls to Dillon.
Blizzard Warnings are in effect for central and northeastern Montana.
An area of low pressure in Idaho will strengthen overnight and more snow will fall across central Montana.
Another 3-6 inches of snow is likely by Friday evening, with mountainous areas getting another foot.
Winds will add another problem to the situation overnight and into Friday.
Blowing and drifting will be common across the plains and visibility will be reduced significantly.
Things should quiet down late Friday as the surface low moves farther east and the snow tapers off.
Stay with STORMTracker Weather for continuous coverage of this winter storm.