Montana is about to get hit with another winter storm that will cause travel headaches for drivers hitting the roads this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories for most of the Treasure State through Saturday, meaning wintry weather will create hazardous travel conditions.
The STORMTracker Weather Team says areas of light snow and snow showers are expected through Thursday night, especially along the Rocky Mountain Front and the Hi-Line of northern Montana.
By Friday morning, an area of low pressure developing along the West Coast will advance eastward, spreading more snow across the Northern Rockies.
Periods of light-moderate snow are likely beginning Friday morning and ending on Saturday morning.
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Meteorologist Mike Rawlins is calling for an additional 5-8" of snow for lower elevations through Saturday. Fortunately, the snow won't come all at once, so road crews should be able to keep up and clear major highways in a timely manner.
Montana's mountain passes are expected to get an additional 12-18" of snow, which will certainly cause travel headaches.
Anyone planning to hit the roads on Friday or Saturday should be prepared for hazardous travel conditions and allow plenty of extra time to reach their destination.
Some of you will be cranking up the heat in the coming days as very cold air settles into Big Sky Country.
By Saturday and Sunday mornings, temperatures will drop into the single digits above zero.
At times, wind chill values will dip below zero, and those venturing outdoors should be prepared for extreme winter conditions.
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