BLIZZARD WARNING Issued for Montana

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At 7:18 p.m. MST, the National Weather Service in Billings, Montana, issued an “URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE” to the residents in and around the Livingston area — just west of Billing.

According to the release, a blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. MST Monday.

Forecasters say traffic in the area will be greatly impacted, as “severe drifting and zero visibility with possible major road closures. Many rural roads will likely become impassable. Dangerous crosswinds combined with poor visibility and slick roads will make travel very dangerous” along I-90 from Livingston to Big Timber.

The weather event is expected to last through at least Sunday night and possibly even longer.

West winds gusting 40 to 60 mph are expected to persist through at least Sunday night and even stronger wind gusts are possible on Monday from Livingston to Nye.

Blowing and drifting snow will bring visibilities under a quarter mile at times — creating snow drifts as high as ft. tall.

A blizzard warning is issued when sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented so persons in the warning area are advised to stay indoors.

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