A winter storm is bearing down on the Treasure State, bringing with it some heavy snow and colder temperatures. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect for many areas as the snow begins to pile up.
Heavy snow has been falling in the Rocky Mountains since Monday and that is expected to continue through Wednesday, resulting in 1-4 feet of accumulation along the Rocky Mountain Front. Marias Pass is expected to receive 3-4 feet of snow, so drivers on Highway 2 should be prepared for extremely hazardous travel conditions.
STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says new data shows most of north-central Montana will receive 3-8" of snow through Wednesday, with locally higher amounts closest to the mountains.
Snowfall rates of 1-3" per hour are also expected over the Northern Rockies, which will create whiteout conditions at times.
The intense snowfall rates and gusty winds will also create areas of blowing-drifting snow which could make driving nearly impossible.