Winter Storm Warning for Missoula/Bitterroot Valleys, MT

This alert expired on December 4, 2013 at 1:00:00 AM MST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Missoula, Bitterroot Valleys

Posted December 3, 2013 at 3:47:00 AM MST

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am MST Wednesday.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am MST Wednesday.

  • Impacts/timing: snow and blowing snow will create hazardous driving conditions. Strong Hellgate canyon winds will develop continue through this evening. Backcountry conditions will become increasingly dangerous due to bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills.
  • Additional snow accumulations in valleys: trace to 2 inches. Slightly Higher amounts in the foothills.
  • Winds: east 20 to 35 mph gusting to 40 mph near Hellgate Canyon. Expect blowing snow.
  • Wind Chill: around 10 below zero.
  • Locations impacted include: Bitterroot Valley, Missoula.

Ways to prepare and stay safe now

  • During
    Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
    Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.
    Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
    Before driving, let someone know your destination, route, and expected time of arrival.
    If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you.
    If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands, or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid rubbing your skin, and seek medical help immediately.
    You may have frostbite.
    When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.
    Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.
    Stay dry.
    Wet clothes make you lose body heat, increasing your risk of hypothermia.

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