MISSOULA – The snow keeps piling up across Western Montana — especially in the Bitterroot Valley.
More is on the way with a Winter Storm Warning remaining in effect until 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service office in Missoula says to expect heavy snow with an additional accumulation of between 14″ and 18″. Steady snow at an inch per hour will approach 2″ per hour rate for several hours Monday afternoon and evening in the Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains.
The NWS warns that travel could be very difficult to impossible as areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Additionally, the cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
The City of Hamilton has declared a “snow emergency” while the town of Stevensville is also preparing for the next onslaught of snow.
Stevensville Mayor Brandon E. Dewey is urging residents to be prepared for heavy snow, strong winds and hazardous travel
“We are working hard to keep streets clear and drivable and asking citizens to be prepared, particularly when it comes to this evening’s commute,” Mayor Dewey said. “I am asking commuters to be patient and considerate and to leave themselves plenty of time to get to their destination. By working together, we can get through this storm safely.”
Below is a look at what has already fallen in the Stevensville area.
Mayor Dewey is asking residents to consider the following:
- Monitor www.townofstevensville.com and the Town of Stevensville-Municipal Government Facebook page for updates on street conditions.
- Observe the parking restrictions in place in certain areas throughout Town – please see the Town’s webpage for more information. Plows can do their job faster or more effectively if residents give them plenty of space.
- Monitor the news for travel advisories, closures and cancellations.
- Discuss weather related policies and procedures with your employer.
- Keep the sidewalk clear in front of your property. Contact the Town if you need assistance.
- Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
- Bring pets inside.
- Make sure your vehicle has enough gas.
- Consider having a communication plan to check on for families and neighbors, especially the sick and elderly.