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Spring Snow Storm Hits Today! March 30, 2010

Posted by mikeheard in Uncategorized.
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3:30pm

Look at the web camera pictures below, it’s snowing hard on the MSU campus with only flurries over the Bozeman pass I-90.

Bozeman ICAM @ 3:30pm

MDOT Camera Bozeman Pass I-90 @ 3:30pm

2pm adding ICAM pictures from around MT. Notice Bozeman appears to be the target for moderate to heavy wet snow this afternoon. NWS snow report so far: Brackett Creek Snotel 14 miles NE of Bozeman 9″ of new snow over the last 12 hours at an elevation of 7,320′.

Bozeman ICAM @ 2pm Tuesday

Butte ICAM @ 2pm Tuesday

Great Falls EyeCam @ 2pm Tuesday

Missoula ICAM @ 2pm Tuesday

Billings ICAM @ 2pm Tuesday

Strong cold front hit Montana overnight with strong winds and now that we are behind the front and the flow aloft has changed to the NW cooler air is moving in and rain has changed to snow for many locations.

Mountain passes are baring the brunt of the snow and take a look at the 8am MDOT camera’s.

Boulder Hill I-15

Bozeman Pass I-90

LookOut Pass I-90

MadDonald Pass US-12

The National Weather Service has issued numerous WINTER STORM WARNINGS and WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES.

National Weather Service WARNINGS

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
808 AM MDT TUE MAR 30 2010

MTZ008-015-055-301830-
/O.NEW.KTFX.WW.Y.0017.100330T1408Z-100330T1800Z/
/O.CON.KTFX.WS.W.0003.000000T0000Z-100331T1200Z/
BEAVERHEAD-MADISON-GALLATIN-
INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...BIG HOLE PASS...DILLON...
MONIDA PASS...ENNIS...TWIN BRIDGES...RAYNOLDS PASS...BOZEMAN...
BOZEMAN PASS...WEST YELLOWSTONE...TARGHEE PASS
808 AM MDT TUE MAR 30 2010

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT TODAY FOR
ELEVATIONS BELOW 6500 FEET...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT
WEDNESDAY FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6500 FEET FOR SNOW...WHICH
IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT TODAY. A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR
ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MDT
WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING AND MAIN IMPACT: MOUNTAIN SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS
  SOUTHWEST MONTANA TODAY...AS SNOW DEVELOPS IN THE VALLEYS THIS
  MORNING BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO RAIN THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVELS
  WILL GRADUALLY RISE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE FALLING AND REACHING
  THE VALLEY FLOORS TONIGHT. HEAVY WET SNOW MAY CREATE HAZARDOUS
  TRAVEL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY THROUGH MOUNTAIN PASSES. ISOLATED
  THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON...WHICH MAY CAUSE
  BRIEF HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 15 INCHES OF WET SNOWFALL ARE GENERALLY
  EXPECTED ABOVE 6500 FEET THROUGH THE PERIOD...WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES
  IN THE VALLEYS BELOW 6500 FEET THROUGH LATER THIS MORNING.
  ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE NEAR RIDGE TOPS.

* ELEVATIONS: WINTER STORM WARNING FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6500 FEET.
  WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6500 FEET.

* OTHER IMPACTS: SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
  35 MPH MAY CAUSE REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW AT
  TIMES.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: BOZEMAN...BOZEMAN PASS...WEST
  YELLOWSTONE...TARGHEE PASS...BIG HOLE PASS...DILLON...
  MONIDA PASS...ENNIS...TWIN BRIDGES...RAYNOLDS PASS

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

FOR SPECIFIC ROAD AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS IN MONTANA...DIAL 5 1 1.

&&

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