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Winter weather incoming for the region

Winter Weather Warning issued for most of Chouteau County

National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 11 a.m. Thursday in Hill, Blaine, Liberty and northeastern Chouteau counties, and a more severe Winter Storm Warning for the majority of Chouteau County ending 11 p.m. Thursday as the area faces a high chance of snow until this weekend.

The Winter Storm Warning affects eastern Pondera and eastern Teton counties, as well as western and central Chouteau County, and Cascade County below 5,000 ft., including Fort Benton, Conrad, Great Falls, Craig, Brady, Pendroy, Ledger, Choteau, Wolf Creek, Canyon Creek, Carter, Bynum, and Floweree.

The warning says this area should expect heavy snow with total accumulation between 4 and 10 inches.

"Travel could be very difficult," the warning says. "The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning and evening commutes. ... Patchy fog and/or snow may reduce visibility down to a half mile or less at times."

The warning also advised people that conditions may stress younger livestock and recommended that people keep up to date on road conditions.

Many businesses and institutions on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation announced in Facebook posts that they would be opening late today due to freezing rain overnight.

As for Havre, a wintery mix of snow and freezing rain has caused a substantial build up of ice in recent days as temperatures fluctuate from just above freezing into the low positive numbers.

National Weather Service forecasts that a mix of snow and freezing rain will continue in the region until 3 p.m. today followed by snow as the temperature drops from 33 degrees to a low of 22 tonight, though little accumulation is expected during that time, with less than an inch possible throughout the day.

Tonight snow accumulation is predicted to be between one and three inches.

Thursday snow is likely to accumulate another inch before noon with a high just below freezing.

Thursday night will see a 40 percent chance of snow with less than half an inch of accumulation predicted and a likely low of 18.

Friday will see the chance of snow rise to 50 percent with little chance of more than half an inch of accumulation and a high of 29 with a low of 8.

Saturday has no snowfall predicted with a high of 26 and a low of 12, with Sunday temperatures rising to a high of 33 and a low of 16.

Monday and Tuesday will see a slight chance of snow return, with highs returning to just below freezing and lows in the teens.


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