The countdown has begun to a blast of snow, cold temperatures and strong winds coming out of Alberta headed for Montana and northern Wyoming. Warm, sunny weather will linger for another day before the snowfall.
The National Weather Service is labeling this a significant weather event with six to eight inches possible in the Billings region and more in the foothills and higher elevations, says weather service meteorologist Nickolai Reimer.
“Right now it looks like the heaviest snowfall will be Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be right around commute time,” Reimer says.
The Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and watches for southwest and southcentral Montana and northern Wyoming for Tuesday through Thursday.
Trees still have their foliage so heavy wet snow will likely cause broken limbs and power outages because of downed power lines.
Reimer urges residents to be ready.
“Be prepared for the worst and hopefully we won’t have to actually suffer through the worst,” Reimer says.