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Issued by The National Weather Service
Billings, MT
9:26 pm MDT, Sun., Oct. 4, 2009

... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT MONDAY NIGHT...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT MONDAY NIGHT.

AROUND 3 INCHES OF SNOW HAS ALREADY FALLEN THIS EVENING ALONG THE BEARTOOTH FRONT. SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN INTENSITY ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT... CONTINUING HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY MONDAY. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED THIS EVENING IN THE RED LODGE AREA... INCLUDING HIGHWAY 212... DUE TO SLICK ROADWAYS. HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY MONDAY... AND POSSIBLY INTO MONDAY NIGHT. THE HEAVY EARLY SEASON SNOW MAY ALSO CAUSE DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES RESULTING IN POWER OUTAGES. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE TO TWO FEET CAN BE EXPECTED BY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.

post #2 of 9
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looks like from the cams RL got hit pretty hard

http://www.redlodgemountain.com/content.asp?section=ext&page=webcam&season=winter&head=cam


even Billings received several inches..nothing like last years Oct 11 storm off 22 inches-which devastated the trees here in town (still leafed out)
post #3 of 9
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RL is reporting 20" new....
post #4 of 9
I guess if the Beartooth wasn't closed already, it is now...
post #5 of 9
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yep-it is closed according to the MDOT web site-

the weekend before last, we were fishing the high lakes in warm summery weather-that's Montana for you

RL is reporting a 24" base already even though opening day is 6 weeks or so away-more snow forecasted  Wed

. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT WEDNESDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BILLINGS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON WEDNESDAY TO MIDNIGHT MDT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

HAZARDOUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BY LATE AFTERNOON WEDNESDAY AS A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW CHANGES TO ALL SNOW BY LATE AFTERNOON. THE SNOW MAY BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVY EARLY SEASON SNOW MAY CAUSE DOWNED TREE LIMBS AND POWER LINES... RESULTING IN THE POTENTIAL FOR POWER OUTAGES. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES WILL BE LIKELY BY LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING.

post #6 of 9
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bump 'cause it is snowing again-snotel at Cole Creek reporting 36" depth
 6" in the last 24 hour

http://www.redlodgemountain.com/content.asp?section=ext&page=webcam&season=winter&head=cam

way to go RL!!
post #7 of 9
Wow!  IIRC they had it early last season as well.
JF
post #8 of 9
These early dumps are a mixed blessing in Montana.  Last year we had a huge October dump that stuck to everything and kept the most of the rocks covered all season.  My first year in Montana,2000, we had an October dump followed by a bitter cold snap.  This created a layer of rotten snow that kept the avalanche danger high for the remainder of the season.  Unfortunately, this year's October snow is starting to look like 2000.  The snow in my backyard sugared in the arctic cold the last few days and I would assume the same happened in the mountains.  Hopefully we'll get some rain or enough thawing to melt the snow so it will rebind and create a solid base.
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post

These early dumps are a mixed blessing in Montana.  Last year we had a huge October dump that stuck to everything and kept the most of the rocks covered all season.  My first year in Montana,2000, we had an October dump followed by a bitter cold snap.  This created a layer of rotten snow that kept the avalanche danger high for the remainder of the season.  Unfortunately, this year's October snow is starting to look like 2000.  The snow in my backyard sugared in the arctic cold the last few days and I would assume the same happened in the mountains.  Hopefully we'll get some rain or enough thawing to melt the snow so it will rebind and create a solid base.

We were having this same disscussion today in UT.  Last years early storm was a disaster as we got like a 1/2 an hour of freezing mist a few weeks before the real storms began, that created a thin sheet of glass over depth hoar sugar.  It took 1/2 the season for the snowpack to begin to recover.  The little bit of snow we have now will do no good for the future snowpack.  Our next storm is supposed to bring very high snow levels, which may be a good thing in the long run.  The real ski season is still quite away off.  Let's hope for Ma Nature to do the right thing.

JF
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