Winter Weather Advisory Brings Snow – Strong Winds to Missoula
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 9:00 a.m. Monday through 3:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Meteorologist Travis Booth described the system about to move through western Montana.
"We're expecting light snow to begin through the morning hours, but it shouldn't be too impactful," said Booth. "What is more interesting though, is that we have a decent arctic front that comes over the divide and into Missoula during the early afternoon hours. There should be a burst of snow with it, and also stronger winds, so as we're looking toward the afternoon and evening commute, there could certainly be some slick roads."
Booth said the strong winds will also have an impact on the area.
"As far as the winds go, they're really just making for some low wind chills as we go into the afternoon and evening hours, especially the evening hours we'll have wind chills down into the single digits to slightly below zero, with some reduced visibility due to the blowing snow," he said. "In total, we're expecting one to two inches to be fairly common across the area."
Booth said the impact of the front will remain in the area for several days,
"I would imagine it's probably going to stick around for a few days," he said. "We're looking at temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday remaining below freezing for the highs with overnight lows in the single digits. It's going to be quite chilly, especially for late October."
The National Weather Service advisory states that travel could be affected. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. especially this afternoon and evening. Cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.