Feb 23, 2013 1:03 AM by Meteorologist Mike Rawlins
Weekend travelers will face rough driving conditions west of the Rocky Mountains.
A winter storm will push into the state Friday night and Saturday, dumping heavy snow and dropping temperatures.
Western Montana will see several inches of fresh snow overnight and Saturday, but the heaviest totals will be found in the mountains of Idaho, where as much as foot of snow will fall.
If you are traveling west this weekend, be prepared for snow-covered and slippery roads through the mountains.
Areas east of the Rockies will be protected from this storm by strong winds.
Downsloping winds will work to dry out the atmosphere near the surface Friday night and Saturday.
I can't rule out scattered snow showers moving through Helena, but accumulating snow is unlikely.
The mountains of central Montana will pick up a couple inches of snow, but major travel impacts are not expected.
High Wind Warnings remain in effect for the Rocky Mountain Front, where gusts up to 70 mph will be found.
At lower elevations, winds may gust up to 40 mph through Saturday evening.