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Fall Just Started, but Montana is Trying to Skip a Season

3 Sep 2014, 12:20 pm

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Photo credit: NPS/Glacier National Park

Meteorological fall just started , but in parts of northwestern Montana it may feel more like winter over the next couple of days. A winter weather advisory has been issued for most of Glacier National Park — above 6,000 feet. The advisory goes until 9 p.m. MDT Wednesday night. Rain and some snow has already begun to fall in the area and here’s what park visitors and local residents can expect through the late evening:

• Below 6,000 feet mostly rain: No accumulation

• 6,000 to 7,000 feet: 1-3 inches of accumulation

• 7,000 to 8,000 feet: 3-6 inches of accumulation

• Above 8,00 feet: More than 6 inches of accumulation

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This first, albeit small, shot of winter-like weather is due to a cold front pushing through the northern tier of the country — bringing in some much cooler, Canadian air. It will be chilly at the surface, but below freezing from 6,000 feet and above. If you happen to be traveling through the area, remain aware of all conditions in the region. Under some of the heavier snowbands, visibility could be reduced to under a mile and road conditions could become slick and hazardous.

The snow will be over by midnight, local time, and improving conditions will be settling in over the next few days.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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