Spring Snowstorm Brings Up to Nine Inches in Western Montana [AUDIO]
A mid-April snowstorm has brought snow to Western Montana, with up to nine inches reported in the Condon area.
National Weather Service forecaster Trent Smith said Sunday at 7 p.m. that the storm is the result of two fronts colliding over the area.
]"First, we had a pretty good cold system coming out of Canada, giving us strong northerly winds across much of the area. With that cold air in the valleys, all of a sudden we had nice jet stream with good moisture streaming in from the west colliding right on top of us, causing significant snowfall," Smith said
"We are seeing some pretty decent accumulations, especially above 4500 feet, with nine inches reported in Condon," Smith added.
Smith cautions travelers for Sunday night and Monday morning to be aware of snow and slick roads.
"With all this snow now sticking to the roads, the morning commute could be a little dicey on Monday morning," Smith warned.
Here is the official weather statement from the National Weather Service issed Sunday night...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM MDT MONDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND ICY ROAD CONDITIONS...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 9 AM MDT MONDAY.
* IMPACTS/TIMING: LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE
OVER THE MISSION VALLEY SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE BITTERROOT VALLEY.
THE INTENSITY OF SNOW WILL ALLOW FOR LIGHT ACCUMULATION ON
SECONDARY ROADWAYS. AS THE TEMPERATURE CONTINUES TO DROP
THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT...ICE FORMATION ON ROADS WILL BE POSSIBLE.
THE ROADS COULD BE SLICK DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 INCHES.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...FLATHEAD LAKE...FLATHEAD VALLEY...
MISSION VALLEY...POLSON...BITTERROOT VALLEY...MISSOULA
National Weather Service Forecaster Trent Smith