Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Springtime Caprice

50° F Today - Gone Tomorrow
fish now

.. Here comes the Springtime roller coaster. We're ready and may go "down canyon" just to see how the other half copes with the NWS Warning:

Winter Storm Watch in effect from:
Thursday evening through
Friday evening...

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from Thursday evening through
Friday evening.

* Timing and main impact: light snow is expected to develop over
the mountains of southwest Montana by Thursday morning then
spread to the mountains of central Montana later Thursday. Snow
will increase in intensity Thursday night and develop over the
lower elevations. The heaviest snow is expected Friday before
diminishing Friday night. Poor visibilities will hamper travel.

* Snow accumulations: for the mountains 8 to 16 inches are
possible. Several inches of snow are expected for the valleys
and plains though higher amounts are possible.

* Winds and visibility: southwest to west winds 10 to 20 mph are
expected over southwest Montana by Friday while northwest winds
10 to 20 mph are expected over central Montana. Visibilities
could be below a half-mile over the mountains and at times over
the plains and valleys.

* Other impacts: roads could become snow covered and slippery.
Heavy wet snow could cause damage to trees and possible power
outages. Young unprotected livestock could become stressed.

* Locations affected include: West Yellowstone... White Sulphur Springs...
Battle Ridge Pass... Bozeman... Bozeman Pass... Targhee Pass... Stanford... Lewistown... Lewistown Divide...
Boulder... Boulder Hill... Elk Park Pass... Homestake pass...
Whitehall... Big Hole Pass... Chief Joseph Pass... Dillon...
Monida Pass... Great Falls... Kings Hill Pass... Townsend...
Ennis... Norris Hill... Raynolds Pass... Twin Bridges.

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.