Winter is Coming! Be Informed.

Winter is coming! Social media users, stay informed. Keep abreast on winter weather conditions and hazards and learn how you can best prepare for Montana’s constantly changing winter weather.

Weather

Montana experiences some of the harshest, most unpredictable winter weather in the United States. Stay informed about current and future weather conditions, including winter weather watches and warnings. The National Weather Service (NWS) has four offices in Montana that cover the entire state. You can follow @NWSGlasgow, @ NWSMissoula, @NWSBillings, and @NWSGreatFalls for updates.

Road Conditions

Nearly 70,000 miles of roads are open to public travel in Montana. The Montana Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining over 10,000 miles of highways and over 2,000 bridges. Know before you go. Call 5-1-1 or visit http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/ to check conditions before you hit the road.

@mdtroadreport provides automated road report updates from the Montana Department of Transportation.

@MTI15htm provides timely Interstate 15 traffic information for Montana.

Winter Preparedness

@ReadyMontana is a preparedness initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to provide information and resources to help ensure that Montanans are prepared for all hazards.

@Readygov is the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) all- hazards preparedness initiative. Montana is part of @femaregion8, which also includes Coloardo, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

@MontanaDES is the state’s Disaster and Emergency Services Agency committed to serving the citizens of Montana and providing support during times of natural disaster and emergency.

With 23 disaster action teams across the state of Montana - when disaster strikes - @MontanaRedCross is there to help those impacted by providing essential services like shelters.

Recreation

Outside winter recreational opportunities abound in Montana. Headed out into the backcountry to ski, snowshoe or snowmobile? Make sure that you are aware of the avalanche danger and how to prepare before you go.

@AvalancheGuys, the Gallatin National Forest’s Avalanche Center, provides current snowpack and mountain weather information as well as avalanche conditions and education. Based in Bozeman, the Center covers an area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers, including the Bridger, Gallatin, Madison, and Washburn ranges, the Lionhead area near W. Yellowstone, and the Beartooth range around Cooke City.

@FACAvalanche, the Flathead Avalanche Center, provides backcountry avalanche information for the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests. Based in Kalispell, the Center covers an area of approximately 9,000 square kilometers, including the Cabinet, Flathead, Mission, Purcell, Swan, and Whitefish ranges within the Flathead and Kootenai National Forests and portions of Glacier National Park.

@Missoulaavy, the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation, is dedicated to promoting avalanche education and awareness by providing information on weather and snow conditions to user groups in West Central Montana. The Foundation operates in partnership with the West Central Montana Avalanche Center of the Lolo National Forest.

 

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