NOAA: Winter Storm Warnings Issued in Montana | 12-50″ of Snowfall Forecast Friday – Sunday

Up to 50″ of snow forecast in Montana this weekend. image: noaa, 9/26/19

NOAA has issued Winter Storm Warnings all over Northwestern Montana that are calling for up to 50″ of snowfall Friday – Sunday.

NOAA is currently forecasting 12-50″ of snow for the mountains of Northwestern Montana Friday – Sunday.

“The Rocky Mountain Front could see 2 to 4 feet of snow.” – NOAA, Great Falls MT, 9/26/19

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This has the potential to be a historically significant early-season snow event. Now is the time to prepare for the winter-like weather! - NOAA, Great Falls MT, 9/26/19
Snowfall probability map showing big snow for Glacier National Park, MT on Sunday. image: noaa, 9/26/19

Winds are forecast to be high with this storm causing wind chill temperatures as low as 0ºF.

North to northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph could gust as high as 40 mph, causing dangerous wind chill temperatures of zero to 10 degrees above zero. - NOAA, Great falls MT, today
PINK = Winter Storm Warning. BLUE = Winter Storm Warning. image: noaa, 9/26/19

NOAA is currently forecasting up to 50″ of snowfall in Glacier National Park this weekend.

Glacier National Park in Montana has temporarily closed the Going-to-the-Sun Road from Jackson Glacier to Logan Pass today due to the “major winter storm” expected this weekend.

“Due to the approaching winter-like storm and anticipated heavy snows there are some temporary closures in effect. The Going-to-the-Sun Road from Jackson Glacier to Logan Pass is closed. The Many Glacier Campground will close at noon today. The Two Medicine Campground will close tomorrow (Friday) morning. The St. Mary Campground will remain open but ‘camping not advised’ signs are in place.”

– Glacier National Park, 9/26/19

4-day GEM snowfall weather model showing big snow in Montana thru Monday. image: tropicaltidbits.com
4-day GFS snowfall weather model agreeing with the GEM model showing big snow in Montana thru Monday. image: tropicaltidbits.com
NOAA forecast for Glacier National Park, MT. image: noaa, 9/26/19
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Great Falls MT 415 AM MDT Thu Sep 26 2019 Northern Rocky Mountain Front-Eastern Glacier-Toole- Eastern Pondera-Southern Rocky Mountain Front-Eastern Teton- Including Logan Pass, Marias Pass, Browning, Heart Butte, Cut Bank, Shelby, Sunburst, Brady, Conrad, Bynum, Choteau, Augusta, Fairfield, and Dutton 415 AM MDT Thu Sep 26 2019 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM FRIDAY TO 6 PM MDT SUNDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of mostly 15 to 36 inches on the plains, but even higher amounts expected in the mountains. North to northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph could gust as high as 40 mph, causing dangerous wind chill temperatures of zero to 10 degrees above zero. * WHERE...Portions of north central Montana, including the Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent plains. * WHEN...From 6 PM Friday to 6 PM MDT Sunday. * IMPACTS...Extreme impacts possible. Widespread tree damage is possible with wet heavy snow and strong winds impacting trees with foliage. Downed power lines are also possible, resulting in widespread power outages. Agricultural interests; outdoor recreational interests, including camping and hunting activities; and travel will also be negatively impacted. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This has the potential to be a historically significant early-season snow event. Now is the time to prepare for the winter-like weather! * CONFIDENCE...High confidence in accumulations, winds and associated impacts.