Winter Storm Warning Issued For North Country

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

Snow clears out from west to east after 5 p.m.

Streets and roadways were slick in the Topeka area, and numerous accidents and slide-offs had been reported by 9:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for Central Montana through Noon on Friday. Other counties in the advisory are Jefferson, Lyon and Osage. Ice accumulation may reach a quarter-inch in the region and up to a half inch in some areas (see graphic).

Ice accumulation could be a tenth of an inch of more. St. James Regional Catholic School and most neighboring county school districts also are closed. And Topeka police were in walk-in phase reporting. "Most of the area will receive 0.3" to 0.70" of rain on Friday.

The weather service urges caution while shoveling.

Stronger surface winds are likely producing widespread blowing and drifting along with wind chills as cold as -20°.

Friday night: Wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet, changing to snow through evening. In addition, rapidly falling temperatures will create icy conditions as the initial wintry mix of precipitation freezes to surfaces including walkways and roads. Winds could gust as high as 35 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 100%. These are areas where the greatest potential for accumulation is expected. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. Winds will shift out of the northwest by midnight and could gust as high as 38 miles per hour.

Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Southwest wind 3 to 6 miles per hour.

After highs in the 30s today, temperatures are forecast to plunge in the wake of the snow.

Saturday night, it will be partlyl cloudy, with a low of 8, according to the weather service. North wind 5 to 10 miles per hour.

After dropping into the single digits on Saturday night, AccuWeather forecasts a high of 18 and a low of 4 on Sunday. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. This will be a very wet snow, making it very heavy and more hard to shovel. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

The low Friday will be about 17 degrees by 6 a.m.

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