Snow storm hits area

The best laid gardening plans got upended on Wednesday morning when a spring snow fell on southwest Montana.

A winter storm in mid-spring hit the area on Wednesday morning, with wet snow accumulating on the ground and sticking to trees and plants.

And more snow could be on the way, a lot more depending on where you are or plan on travelling to.

Temperatures rising into the low 40s are expected to turn the snow into rain by 11 a.m. for lower elevations.

But the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm alert for elevations above 5500 feet for parts of central and southwest Montana that will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday. Accumulations of 3-5 inches are possible.

Snowfall could get particularly heavy in mountain passes, including: Moniday Pass, Big Hole Pass, Homestake Pass, Chief Joseph Pass, Elk Park Pass, Boulder Hill and Raynolds Pass--with accumulations of a foot or more in areas above 7000 feet.

Winds will come from the northwest at 5–10 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph, with visibility of less than a mile in periods of heavy wet snow.

The snow could make travel very difficult and even hazardous. Power outages could also occur, as branches laden with wet snow bend into utility lines.

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