NOAA: Winter Storm Warning for Beartooth Pass, MT/WY | 12-18″ of Snow Forecast Friday & Saturday

Image showing probability of snowfall on Beartooth Pass, WY/MT this weekend. image: noaa, today

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Beartooth Pass, WY/MT (US-212) that is calling for 12-18″ of snow to fall on Friday & Saturday.

This is the first Winter Storm Warning of the 2019/20 season in the Contiguous United States of America

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches above 8000 feet, with locally heavier amounts on the highest peaks. The heaviest snowfall will be this afternoon through late tonight on north facing slopes. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...10 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow is expected on the Beartooth Highway. - NOAA, Billings MT, today

This will likely be enough to close Beartooth Pass for a day or two or more.

* IMPACTS...Travelers on the Beartooth Pass should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and possible closures. - NOAA, Riverton WY, today
RED = Winter Storm Warning. image: noaa, today

A snowstorm shut down Beartooth Pass already this month on September 11th and 12th, 2019.

“09/20 @ 11:00 am -> A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Beartooth/Absaroka Mountains until noon Saturday. Elevations above 8000 ft will get snow, and heavy wet snow can be expected on the Beartooth Pass.” – NOAA, Billings MT, today

image: noaa, today

It is not uncommon for Beartooth Pass to see enough snow to close the pass in August or September.

Beartooth Pass road reaches elevations as high as 10,947-feet. 

Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road on a section of U.S. Route 212 in Montana and Wyoming between Red Lodge and the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, passing over the Beartooth Pass in Wyoming at 10,947 feet (3,337 m) above sea level. It has been called “the most beautiful drive in America,” by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid-May through mid-October, weather conditions permitting.- Wikipedia

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Beartooth Pass map.

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Billings MT 312 PM MDT Fri Sep 20 2019 Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains- Including the locations of Cooke City 312 PM MDT Fri Sep 20 2019 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MDT SATURDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 18 inches above 8000 feet, with locally heavier amounts on the highest peaks. The heaviest snowfall will be this afternoon through late tonight on north facing slopes. * WHERE...Absaroka/Beartooth Mountains. * WHEN...Until noon MDT Saturday. * IMPACTS...Travelers on the Beartooth Pass should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and possible closures. Backcountry travel will be difficult to impossible. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...10 to 14 inches of heavy wet snow is expected on the Beartooth Highway.
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Beartooth Pass, MT. image: mt dot