Winter Storm/Blizzard Warning for NW North Dakots, Montana ("Brutus")
The Weather Channel's Winter Storm Team named impending winter storm for the Northern Plains Brutus based on the following potential impacts:
Impacts: As much as 12 to 18 inches of snowfall is expected in areas, including Great Falls, Mont., more than 2 feet in mountains. Strong winds will combine with heavy snowfall to produce blizzard conditions across northeast Montana.
Location: Montana and western North Dakota.
Time Frame: Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning.
Other Information: This system covers a large area and will produce winter impacts from Thursday through Saturday morning.
Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 PM Friday to noon CST
The National Weather Service in Bismarck has issued a Winter
Storm Warning for snow... which is in effect from 6 PM Friday to noon
CST Sunday. The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.
* Timing... late Thursday evening northwest... spreading into
north central North Dakota overnight into Friday. A second
round of heavier snow possible Friday night into Sunday.
* Main impact... 3 to 5 inches of new snow possible Thursday
night and Friday. An additional 6 to 12 inches of snow
possible Friday night into Sunday.
* Other impacts... travel could become very hazardous as snow
accumulates on area roads. Winds gusting over 30 mph could
create reduced visibility and drifting snow at times.
Central, Southern and Western Montana:
A Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 11 am this morning to
6 PM MST Saturday.
* Timing... winter storm will begin as early as this afternoon and
last through Saturday.
* Winds/visibility... winds of 25 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50
mph are possible which combined with heavy snow can reduce
visibility to less than a quarter mile at times.
* Snow accumulations... 12 to 17 inches.
* Other impacts... east to north winds will lead to drifting and
blowing snow which will result in hazardous travel.