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Quick storm will drop snow on Helena tonight

Posted: Jan 11, 2018 4:34 PM Updated:

Story Highlights

  • Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are in effect
  • Heavy snow is expected north of Helena
  • Frigid air hangs around through Friday

Tracking the snow

The STORMTracker Doppler Network shows a winter storm moving into Big Sky Country, spreading snow across the state.

As an upper level disturbance slides into the region this evening, the snow will become widespread and pick up in intensity.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says this will be a fast-moving storm, dropping most of its snow before midnight.

Snow will continue into early Friday before ending rapidly during the morning hours.

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Fast-moving storm

Significant snow is expected to fall across Montana on Thursday night.

5-8" of snow is expected in a narrow swath across central parts of the state, mainly before midnight.

At higher elevations, 8-18" of snow is expected overnight and into Friday.

Drivers should be prepared for extreme driving conditions due to snow-covered, icy roads.

Rawlins says the latest snow forecast has decreased snow amounts for the Hi-Line as the storm as shifted slightly farther south.

The least amount of snow is expected over northeast areas of the state.

Helena will likely pick up 3-5" of snow from the storm.

Frigid air hangs around

Don't put away your heavy winter coat just yet because the frigid air will stick around through Friday.

Temperatures are expected to hover around 0° with wind chills dipping down to as low as -20°.

Anyone venturing outdoors should cover any exposed skin in order to prevent frostbite and hypothermia, which could occur within 30 minutes of exposure.

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