Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
220 PM MDT FRI OCT 31 2014

MTZ008>015-044>046-048>050-052>055-011300-
/O.CON.KTFX.WS.A.0009.141102T0000Z-141103T0600Z/
BEAVERHEAD-NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-EASTERN GLACIER-HILL-
CASCADE-CHOUTEAU-CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LEWIS AND CLARK-MADISON-
TOOLE-LIBERTY-EASTERN PONDERA-SOUTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT-
EASTERN TETON-JUDITH BASIN-JEFFERSON-BROADWATER-MEAGHER-GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BIG HOLE PASS...
CHIEF JOSEPH PASS...DILLON...MONIDA PASS...BROWNING...
MARIAS PASS...CUT BANK...HAVRE...GREAT FALLS...KINGS HILL PASS...
BIG SANDY...FORT BENTON...FLESHER PASS...HELENA...LINCOLN...
MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS...ENNIS...NORRIS HILL...
RAYNOLDS PASS...TWIN BRIDGES...SHELBY...CHESTER...CONRAD...
CHOTEAU...FAIRFIELD...STANFORD...BOULDER...BOULDER HILL...
ELK PARK PASS...HOMESTAKE PASS...WHITEHALL...TOWNSEND...
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...
BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE
220 PM MDT FRI OCT 31 2014

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: A STRONG FALL STORM SYSTEM WILL AFFECT
  MUCH OF NORTH-CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST MONTANA WITH PERIODS OF
  RAIN AND SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH
  SUNDAY EVENING. RAIN FALLING AT LOWER ELEVATIONS SATURDAY
  NIGHT IS LIKELY TO CHANGE TO SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS EARLY
  SUNDAY MORNING. THE TIMING OF THIS CHANGE FROM RAIN TO SNOW
  WILL DETERMINE LOWER ELEVATION SNOW ACCUMULATION.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: MOUNTAIN AREAS ABOVE 5500 FEET HAVE THE
  POTENTIAL FOR 5 TO 10 INCHES OF STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL...WITH
  ISOLATED AMOUNTS OVER ONE FOOT. LOCATIONS BELOW 5500 FEET
  COULD HAVE 1 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW...DEPENDING ON THE TIMING
  AT WHICH RAIN CHANGES TO SNOW. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS GREATER THAN
  4 INCHES COULD OCCUR OVER PORTIONS OF THE NORTH-CENTRAL
  PLAINS IF RAIN CHANGES TO SNOW EARLIER SATURDAY NIGHT.

* WINDS AND VISIBILITY: NORTH WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH ARE
  POSSIBLE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS...WHILE 20 TO 30 MPH WINDS ARE
  POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD REDUCE
  VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES.

* OTHER IMPACTS: TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT WHILE SNOW
  ACCUMULATES OVER AREA PASSES. BRIDGES MAY BECOME SNOW COVERED
  AND ICY AT ALL ELEVATIONS. HEAVY WET SNOW COULD CAUSE ISOLATED
  POWER OUTAGES. LIVESTOCK MAY BE AT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO
  HYPOTHERMIA.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: FAIRFIELD...CHOTEAU...CHESTER...
  WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS...BATTLE RIDGE PASS...BOZEMAN...
  BOZEMAN PASS...TARGHEE PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...STANFORD...
  CONRAD... BOULDER...BOULDER HILL...ELK PARK PASS...
  HOMESTAKE PASS... WHITEHALL...SHELBY...BIG SANDY... FORT
  BENTON... BROWNING... MARIAS PASS...HAVRE...CUT BANK...
  TOWNSEND... GREAT FALLS... KINGS HILL PASS...BIG HOLE PASS...
   CHIEF JOSEPH PASS...DILLON... MONIDA PASS...FLESHER PASS...
  HELENA...LINCOLN...MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS...ENNIS...
  NORRIS HILL...RAYNOLDS PASS... TWIN BRIDGES

* TO SEE A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THIS HAZARD PLEASE VISIT
  OUR WEB PAGE AND CLICK ON THE DETAILED HAZARDS TAB.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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