Strong winds and heavy snow are producing blizzard-like conditions in Montana. Visibility is near zero in some areas due to significant blowing and drifting snow. The Montana Department of Transportation and several sheriffs offices throughout northern and central Montana are advising emergency travel only due to severe driving conditions and widespread road closures. Montana Disaster and Emergency Services advises if you or someone you know becomes stranded, stay with your vehicle and call 911.
Conditions have continued to worsen through the day and are not expected to improve until midday Thursday. Wind gusts to 45 mph are producing white out conditions, with drifts closing some roadways shut. Snowfall totals of 3" to 9" are expected in Montana.
Winter weather alerts extended southward into the high country of Colorado. Up to a foot of new snow is possible in the highest elevations of the Rockies.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels