Crippling winter storm forecast to ramp up Friday

Print Article

A resident shovels snow in Whitefish in this file photo. (Matt Baldwin/Whitefish Pilot)

2017 is set to go out with a blast. A major winter storm on track to hit Northwest Montana today through Saturday could dump up to 20 inches of snow in valley locations and nearly 4 feet in the mountains.

The National Weather Service in Missoula on Wednesday warned that a surge of moderate snow will begin to move into the area Thursday morning. Up to 8 inches of snow is possible in Kalispell by Thursday night. Mountain passes, including Lookout, Lolo, Lost Trail and Marias passes, could see 18 inches of snow.

The storm will peak in intensity Friday night into Saturday.

“What happens late Friday afternoon into Saturday has potential to be one of the more impressive snow events in recent memory,” the Weather Service stated in Wednesday’s forecast discussion.

Models show a “robust plume” of Pacific moisture moving across the area while an extremely cold arctic air mass begins to cross the Continental Divide.

“What occurs next will be both meteorologically beautiful, but also likely quite crippling,” the Weather Service warned.

Friday night into Saturday, additional snow amounts of 8 to 14 inches are possible for valleys across western Montana with another 2 feet possible in the mountains.

Low temperatures Friday and Saturday night will be in the single digits in Kalispell.

Genki Kino, a meteorologist with the Weather Service, said whiteout conditions are likely for the Flathead Friday night due to blowing and drifting snow.

“Come Friday afternoon, the winds area really going to start increasing,” Kino said.

Places like Badrock Canyon will see the worst of the wind, the Weather Service warned. Travel heading into the holiday weekend will be extremely challenging along and north of Interstate 90.

“With all the new snow .. the plows will be working hard,” Kino said.

The snow is expected to taper off Saturday afternoon for Northwest Montana and late Saturday night for West-Central Montana.

Print Article

Read More

Flathead jobless rate improves

August 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Flathead County’s unemployment rate continued to improve in July, posting at 3.6 percent, compared to 4.2 percent in June. The county has a current workforce of 48,224 people, and had 943 more worke...

Comments

Read More

(No heading)

August 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Speed counts in annual rooster contest at fair By SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER Daily Inter Lake The fastest rooster won. While the rooster crowing contest at the Northwest Montana Fair in Kalispell wa...

Comments

Read More

Market Livestock Sale teaches values, responsibility

August 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake During the second week of November last year, while most of the Flathead Valley was hunkered down, waiting out the first big snowstorm of the season, the Stolfus family was building a pen for two 700...

Comments

Read More

Jury reaches guilty verdict in Yaak murder trial

August 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake LIBBY — After an evening and morning spent deliberating, a jury in Montana 19th Judicial District Court found Sarah Carpenter guilty on Wednesday of deliberate homicide and tampering with physical ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2018 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X