NOAA: Winter Storm Watch for Big Sky, MT | 6-16+” of Snow Forecast Saturday & Sunday

Snowfall probabilities map showing large chance of snow for Big Sky, MT this weekend. (more details from this map at bottom of article) image: noaa, 9/27/19

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Big Sky ski resort in Montana that is calling for “Heavy Snow” resulting in 6-16+” of snow to fall on Saturday & Sunday.

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible above 6000 feet. Total snow accumulations of mostly 6 to 16 inches possible, but even higher amounts possible in the mountains. Lesser amounts of 2 to 6 inches possible below 6000 feet. - NOAA, Great Falls MT, 9/27/19

Big Sky has gotten a few smaller snowstorms this season but this is forecast to be the first significant snowstorm of the season.

We have heard rumors that the Big Sky snow safety team thinks this storm will be the beginning of the 2019/20 snowpack – ie this snow may not melt and may be the start of the 2019/20 snow base for Big Sky.

NOAA forecast for Big Sky, MT. image: noaa, 9/27/19
3-day GEM snowfall weather model showing big snow at Big Sky, MT thru Monday. image: tropicaltidbits.com
3-day GFS snowfall weather model agrees with the GEM showing big snow in the Big Sky, MT thru Monday. image: tropicaltidbits.com
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Great Falls MT 1034 AM MDT Fri Sep 27 2019 Beaverhead-Madison-Gallatin- Including Big Hole Pass, Wisdom, Chief Joseph Pass, Monida Pass, Raynolds Pass, Virginia City, West Yellowstone, Battle Ridge Pass, and Targhee Pass 1034 AM MDT Fri Sep 27 2019 ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 6000 FEET...  * WHAT...Heavy snow possible above 6000 feet. Total snow accumulations of mostly 6 to 16 inches possible, but even higher amounts possible in the mountains. Lesser amounts of 2 to 6 inches possible below 6000 feet. North to northeast winds could gust between 25 and 35 mph at times. Cold wind chill temperatures of 10 to 20 degrees above zero are possible. * WHERE...Elevations above 6000 feet in Beaverhead, Madison and Gallatin Counties. This does not include the cities of Bozeman, Ennis, and Dillon. * WHEN...From Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult, especially over mountain passes. Patchy blowing snow could reduce visibility at times. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This has the potential to be a significant early-season snow event for the mountains. Now is the time to prepare for the winter-like weather! * CONFIDENCE...Moderate confidence in accumulations, winds, associated impacts, and timing of onset and end of this winter storm event.
PINK = Winter Storm Warning. BLUE = Winter Storm Watch. image: noaa, 9/27/19
Snowfall probabilities map showing large chance of snow for Big Sky, MT this weekend. image: noaa, 9/27/19