We are expecting another storm tonight. Just when the temperatures started to warm up a bit----- it is 29 degrees F right now-----we are going to get blasted again. The snow isn't supposed to be as big of a snow dump but the wind might be a problem.
Here's our weather forecast for the near future:
National Weather Service Sunday, February 06, 2011
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 PM MST MONDAY FOR THE FLATHEAD VALLEY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MISSOULA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW FOR THE FLATHEAD VALLEY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 5 PM MST MONDAY.
* IMPACTS/TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY. SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY MONDAY MORNING...BECOMING MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES. ARCTIC AIR WILL BEGIN TO SPILL OVER THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE MONDAY MORNING AS WELL...PRODUCING GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND BLOWING/DRIFTING OF SNOW. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW COULD QUICKLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES AT TIMES THROUGH MONDAY...PARTICULARLY DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS SHOULD BE ANTICIPATED DUE TO SNOW...BLOWING SNOW AND SLICK SNOW-COVERED ROADWAYS. LOCATIONS SOUTH OF FLATHEAD LAKE WILL SEE SNOW BY MONDAY AFTERNOON...BUT IMPACTS DUE TO SNOW AND WIND ARE EXPECTED TO BE MINIMAL.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES IN THE FLATHEAD VALLEY...LOCALLY UP TO 7 IN WHITEFISH AND COLUMBIA FALLS. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS MAY BE DIFFICULT TO MEASURE DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING. 1 TO 2 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED SOUTH OF FLATHEAD LAKE.
* WINDS: WINDS WILL BEGIN TO INCREASE MONDAY MORNING BECOMING NORTHEAST SUSTAINED AT 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON...MAINLY IN THE NORTHERN FLATHEAD VALLEY.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW OR BLOWING SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE.
THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
I'm not going to tell the kids we have a storm coming. They get all excited about the the possibility of school closing. But this is Montana. School never closes. I do need to get out to the little red coop and fortify the animals. It might be a long night for them.