Just in time for spring break sun-seekers, a late winter storm appears ready to dump snow on the highways leading out of Montana.
“This is mostly a mountain pass issue,” National Weather Service meteorologist LeeAnn Allegretto said on Wednesday. “The valleys may wake up to some snow on Friday. It’s a fast-mover.”
A wet weather system soaking northern California and southern Oregon should reach Montana by Thursday afternoon, along with a blast of cold air that will mix rain into snow. Monida Pass on Interstate 15 could see 3 inches Thursday followed by 2-3 more on Friday, while Highway 12’s Lolo Pass and and Highway 93’s Lost Trail Pass could get 1 to 2 inches of snow Thursday evening. On Interstate 90, Lookout Pass is expected to receive 2 to 4 inches Friday through Saturday.
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Butte is not expected to get much if any snow, although rain is in the forecast. Snow levels will descend to around 5,800 feet.
The University of Montana and most other schools both suspend classes from this coming Monday, March 26, to Friday, March 30, with many travelers hitting the road Friday afternoon.