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High country snow, rain and potential flooding in Montana forecast

Glacier National Park webcam photo (MISSOULA)- Wet, warm weather has began pounding Montana, increasing the potential for heavy mountain snow, flooding and rockslides. 

The moisture is coming from the "atmospheric river", which is combing the Northwest with strong, wet surges of moisture through mid-week. 

The incoming storms brought heavy, wet snow to the higher elevations Monday afternoon and evening. Several inches of new snow brought a return to winter driving conditions on the Western Montana passes through the evening, with chains required for towing units over  Lookout Pass. Lost Trail and Lolo passes were also receiving heavy snow. 

Meanwhile, emergency service agencies in Northwest Montana were gearing up for 1 to 4-inches of heavy rain, which could bring flooding, and rock and mudslides in the valleys. 

Temperatures are going to be 10-to-20 degrees above average through the middle of the week. 


Snow hits Montana, impacting pre-Thanksgiving travel

MDT photo (MISSOULA)- Montana drivers are getting another shot of winter weather today, with snow and icy roads expected to impact pre-Thanksgiving travel into Wednesday. 

Snow from a fast moving system began falling across Northwest Montana overnight, and has continued to spread across the state. While most of the snow is impacting the mountain passes, some locations such as the Rocky Mountain Front are already experiencing problems with blowing and drifting snow. Foggy conditions are also limiting visibility in parts of North Central Montana. 

Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect through Wednesday for the west half of the state, with a Winter Storm Watch up in the east. While most of the heavy snow is expected at the higher elevations, especially along the Continental Divide, valley locations could see a few inches of snow as well. 

Conditions are supposed to clear out going into Thursday, but the coldest temperatures of the fall are forecast, with some locations dropping below zero for the first time. 


Great Falls seeing one of it's biggest winters for snow 

KRTV Eyecam photo(GREAT FALLS)- If you live in Great Falls and you're getting tired of snow there's a good reason.

It's because the Electric City is having one of it's biggest years ever for snowfall. 

The National Weather Service reports Great Falls had recorded over 47-inches of snow through Monday. That's more than 2-feet above average. 

Forecasters say it's the most snow since the winter of 2008-09, which was the most snow on record in Great Falls. That's when 49-inches of snow fell. And with weeks to go for this winter season it seems likely this could turn out being the all-time record breaker.


Northwest Montana hammered with snow

This webcam pic from GNP shows the extent of the snowfall at Apgar Village(KALISPELL)- The latest winter blast has residents of Northwest Montana digging out, after anywhere from 2 to 3' of snow blanketed the region over the weekend and through Monday. 

It was one of the biggest snowstorms to hit the Flathead in several years. The National Weather Service reports 34" of snow fell in Columbia Falls, with nearly two feet on the ground in Bigfork. And that comes on top of snow that had already been accumulating through December. 

Further west, areas in Lincoln County reported up to a foot and a half of fresh snow from the latest storm. 

Schools remained closed across the Flathead for a second day Tuesday. 

Residents should get a break today, with some lingering snow showers, although freezing rain will make driving difficult. MDT reported U.S. 2 had been closed by an avalanche near Essex Tuesday morning. 


Roads improve, more snow expected tonight 

Lolo Pass IDT camera (MISSOULA)- Road conditions are improved in Western Montana this morning, although more winter driving is expected overnight in the passes. 

Sunday evening's snow created hazardous conditions on both mountain and valley roads overnight, with chains required over Lookout Pass and difficult driving over Lost Trail, Lolo and other mountain crossings. 

But by this morning, the Montana Department of Transportation reported I-90 had improved with mostly a combination of frost and ice, or wet roads from Lookout Pass east to Missoula. Areas of snow and ice remained on the freeway east of Missoula with some snow showers were persisting through the Upper Clark Fork Valley and east over Homestake Pass.

U.S. 93 also had some early morning snow showers from Lost Trail Pass north to Hamilton, but by mid-morning most of the road was bare and wet with icy spots. North of Missoula conditions had also improved on Highway 93, with some icy spots on Evaro Hill and near Elmo on the west short of Flathead Lake. 

I-15 also had some areas of snow and ice, with blowing and drifting snow north of Butte. 

MT 200 west of Missoula was in good shape, although drivers are still dealing with areas of snow and ice with blowing snow in the Upper Blackfoot Valley to Rogers Pass. U.S. 12 over Lolo Pass still had scattered snow and ice at mid-morning, with blowing and drifting snow over MacDonald Pass. 

MDT reported U.S. 2 had areas of snow and ice west of Kalispell, and from West Glacier east over Marias Pass. 

A few more inches of snow are expected overnight with the main impacts at the higher elevations. However some of that snow might impact driving in the valleys as well.