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Winter Storm Watch

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREAT FALLS MT
248 PM MDT THU OCT 30 2014

MTZ008>015-044>046-048>050-052>055-311300-
/O.NEW.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
248 PM MDT THU OCT 30 2014

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WATCH...WHICH IS 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.
  YOUNG LIVESTOCK MAY BE AT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO HYPOTHERMIA.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE: CHOTEAU...CHESTER... WHITE SULPHUR
  SPRINGS...BOZEMAN...WEST YELLOWSTONE...STANFORD...BOULDER
  HILL...ELK PARK PASS...WHITEHALL...FORT BENTON... BROWNING...
  MARIAS PASS...HAVRE...CUT BANK...TOWNSEND...GREAT FALLS...KINGS
  HILL PASS...BIG HOLE PASS...DILLON...MONIDA PASS...HELENA...
  MACDONALD PASS...ROGERS PASS...NORRIS HILL...RAYNOLDS PASS.

* 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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