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FXUS65 KBYZ 031634
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BILLINGS MT
934 AM MST TUE MAR 3 2015

.UPDATE...
BACK EDGE OF MAIN SNOW BAND SINKING SOUTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHERN BIG
HORN COUNTY AT THIS TIME. JUST LIGHT SNOW UNDER IT BEING
REPORTED...NOTHING HEAVY. HAVE LEFT WARNINGS GOING UNTIL NOON FOR
SOUTHERN BIG HORN AND THE SHERIDAN FOOTHILLS...BUT HAVE OTHERWISE
CANCELLED ANY REMAINING HIGHLIGHTS. RED LODGE WAS THE BIG WINNER
LAST NIGHT WITH 10-14 INCHES OF SNOWFALL. ONE TO THREE INCHES
COMMON AROUND BILLINGS. MAIN TOPIC FOR AFTERNOON PACKAGE WILL BE
POSSIBILITY OF WIND CHILL ADVISORIES FOR PARTS OF THE EAST
TONIGHT. BT

&&

.SHORT TERM...VALID FOR TDY AND WED...

THE FRONT HAS NOT BROUGHT IN AS COLD OF AIR AS EXPECT. ALSO...THE
SNOW HAS NOT BEEN AS WIDESPREAD AND HEAVY. SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN TO
TAPPER OFF FOR MUCH OF THE AREA BY EARLY MORNING. A COUPLE OF
INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE AROUND THE BEARTOOTH AND ABSAROKA
FOOTHILLS. SHERIDAN COUNTY AND EAST ALONG THE MONTANA/WYOMING
STATE LINE COULD SEE SEVERAL MORE INCHES AS THERE IS BETTER
DYNAMICS ACROSS NORTHERN WYOMING WHERE YOU HAVE ENERGY BOTH FROM
THE WAVE MOVING UP THROUGH WYOMING AND THE WAVE MOVING ACROSS
MONTANA. MUCH OF THE REST OF THE AREA WILL SEE LESS THAN AN INCH
OF ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL.

THROUGH THE REST OF THE DAY AND INTO WEDNESDAY TEMPERATURES WILL
REMAIN COLD...WITH GUSTY WINDS REMAINING THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
WIND CHILLS WILL BE COLD THIS MORNING...IN THE SINGLE DIGITS TO
TEENS BELOW...BUT WILL RISE TO ABOVE ZERO THIS AFTERNOON. TONIGHT
INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING THEY ONCE AGAIN DROP BACK INTO THE TEENS
BELOW. WEDNESDAY TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO WARM UP AS WINDS
BECOME MORE WESTERLY. REIMER

.LONG TERM...VALID FOR THU...FRI...SAT...SUN...MON...

WEST TO NORTHWEST FLOW PATTERN WILL BRING MILD TEMPERATURES AND
GENERALLY DRY CONDITIONS TO THE REGION THROUGH THE EXTENDED
PERIOD. FLOW OFF THE PACIFIC WILL BRING PERIODS OF CLOUDY SKIES
FROM TIME TO TIME. THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A STRONGER WAVE TO
BRING A FEW SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY BUT MODELS ARE
STRUGGLING TO RESOLVE THIS FEATURE CONSISTENTLY. KEPT SOME LOW
POPS IN FOR AREAS WEST AND SOUTH OF BILLINGS TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS
FEATURE BUT RIGHT NOW IT DOESN`T LOOK LIKE ANYTHING TO CHANGE
WEEKEND PLANS OVER. WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S EXPECTED THIS
WEEKEND LOOKS LIKE A NICE TIME TO GET OUTDOORS. CHAMBERS
&&

.AVIATION...

SNOW HAS ENDED FOR ALL LOCATIONS EXCEPT FOR KSHR AND THE ADJACENT
FOOTHILLS AND BIG HORN MOUNTAINS...AS WELL AS FAR SOUTHEAST
MONTANA WHERE LIGHT SNOW ALONG WITH MVFR TO IFR CONDITIONS WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH THIS MORNING. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY
AFTERNOON WITH CONDITIONS IMPROVING TO VFR. ELSEWHERE...PARTLY TO
MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES AND VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL. THE
BEARTOOTH/ABSAROKA FOOTHILLS MAY BE OBSCURED AT TIMES DUE TO SOME
LOW CLOUDS. HOOLEY

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMP/POPS...

    TDY WED     THU     FRI     SAT     SUN     MON
-------------------------------------------------------
BIL 020 001/028 013/045 028/050 028/050 029/053 032/056
    2/S 00/B    00/B    01/B    21/B    11/B    10/U
LVM 018 902/030 016/043 028/048 027/049 029/051 030/053
    1/B 00/U    00/B    01/B    22/W    11/B    11/U
HDN 021 001/028 010/046 025/051 025/051 027/054 029/057
    4/S 00/B    00/B    01/B    21/B    11/B    10/B
MLS 016 904/018 003/044 026/048 026/048 027/050 028/053
    0/N 20/B    00/B    00/B    01/B    11/B    11/U
4BQ 017 904/018 002/041 021/047 023/047 025/050 026/054
    2/S 10/B    00/B    00/B    01/U    11/B    10/B
BHK 013 908/012 901/039 022/046 023/045 024/046 025/049
    1/N 20/B    00/B    00/B    11/B    11/B    11/B
SHR 014 908/019 005/039 021/045 021/044 023/049 026/053
    +/S 00/B    00/B    00/B    22/W    11/B    10/U

&&

.BYZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MT...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY FOR ZONE
      38.
WY...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST TODAY FOR ZONE
      99.

&&

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