If you're planning to venture into the mountains of Montana in the next few days, then you're going to be in for a wintry surprise.
The National Weather Service has issued the first Winter Weather Advisory of the season for the mountains of central Montana.
The advisory is in effect from 6 pm on Thursday until noon on Saturday.
It means that periods of snow are expected, which will cause travel difficulties.
STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says a cold rain will change to snow on Thursday night, with snow levels dipping down to 5000 feet.
1-3" of snow is expected on Logan Pass, Kings Hill Pass, Flesher Pass, MacDonald Pass, Boulder Hill, Elk Park Pass, and Homestake Pass.
Some of the snow is expected to melt on Friday as temperatures warm just above freezing, but additional snow is expected to fall through Friday night.
A total of 3-6" of snow is expected over the Rocky Mountain Lewis Range and as much as 10" of snow will fall above pass level in the Little Belt and Boulder mountain ranges.
Drivers are urged to plan ahead and prepare for winter driving conditions.
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