Winter weather advisory issued across western Montana

2013-11-03T19:45:00Z 2013-11-04T05:31:41Z Winter weather advisory issued across western Montana missoulian.com

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, in effect until 11 a.m. Monday, for the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains, the Kootenai/Cabinet region, the West Glacier area, and the lower Clark Fork and Potomac/Seeley Lake regions.

Light snow, with periods of moderate snow, will continue to affect the mountain passes of western Montana, including Marias Pass, Evaro Hill, Lookout Pass, Lolo Pass and Lost Trail Pass - and surrounding locations above 4,000 feet.

Snow and ice on the roadway and reduced visibility will create hazardous driving conditions at times, the Weather Service says. Some previously visible trails and mountain roads may become hard to follow, potentially affecting hunters.

Forecasters expect an additional 2-5 inches of snow in the high country by Monday morning. Up to 3 inches of new snow could fall in lower elevations.

Affected highways include Highway 93 from Sula to Lost Trail Pass, Highway 12 to Lolo Pass, Highway 200 from Bonner to Greenough, Highway 83 from Seeley Lake to Condon, and Interstate 90 from Missoula to Bearmouth. Also affected are Highway 2 from Kalispell to Libby and Highway 93 from Whitefish to Eureka.

Watch Missoulian.com for updates as they are available.

Editor Sherry Devlin can be reached at 523-5250 or at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

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