Good news for the winter weather lovers out there, the National Weather Service has just issued a notice related to the cold snap we are experiencing in Montana.

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Wind Chill Warning (Now through 6 PM Wednesday)

According to NWS Billings, a wind chill warning is now in effect until 6 PM Wednesday. For this warning, dangerously cold wind chills will be occurring. Wind chills in the 40s below zero on Wednesday, then as low as 50 below zero.

Winter Weather Advisory

For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow is expected with areas of blowing snow. Total snow accumulations of up to two inches are possible. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph.

What parts of Montana is this issued for?

Portions of South Central and Southeastern Montana, specifically:

  • Hardin
  • Custer
  • Colstrip
  • Bighorn
  • Broadview
  • Webster
  • Hysham
  • Volborg
  • Ismay
  • Baker
  • Miles City
  • Forsyth
  • Billings
  • Pompeys Pillar
  • Laurel
  • Ingomar
  • Plevna
  • Huntley
  • Angela
  • Crow Agency
  • Busby

What kind of impacts will the storm have?

According to NWS, Frostbite and hypothermia are possible if precautions are not taken. Exposed skin may become quickly frostbitten or frozen. Wind chill values may fall to extremely dangerous levels. Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning commutes. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

How to prepare for this event

NWS Billings has offered some suggestions to prepare for the extreme cold ahead:

  • Avoid outside activities if possible. When outside, make sure you wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.
  • People are urged to stay indoors until conditions improve. If you must go outside, dress in layers. Several layers of clothes will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Cover exposed skin to reduce your risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Gloves, a scarf, and a hat will keep you from losing your body heat.
  • Wrap pipes with insulation and seal windows to avoid loss of heat from your home. Keep a slow steady stream of water running from indoor faucets, and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around inside pipes.
  • Keep pets indoors as much as possible.
  • Make frequent checks on older family, friends, and neighbors. Ensure portable heaters are used correctly. Do not use generators or grills inside.
  • Slow down and use caution while traveling.
  • For the latest road conditions, call 5 1 1.

We'll keep you updated as more comes in. Keep tuned to your station for weather alerts from Weatherology.

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