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By Bob Ambrose, Forecaster Posted 4 months ago October 13, 2023

First Big Winter Storm buries the Beartooth’s


A closed low-pressure system circulating to the south of Montana brought wave after wave of moisture that pounded the eastern front of the Beartooth Mountains Wednesday/Thursday. Red Lodge reported 2-day storm totals of over a foot at their base lodge (7400’) with close to 20” on the upper mountain. Big Sky, on the western fringe of the storm pulled in 3 – 5”. Fall weather returns this weekend.

Short Term Forecast

The potent storm system that brought deep snowfall to the mountains of Utah, Wyoming, and Central/Northern Colorado had a vicious backswing that hooked wrap around moisture directly into the eastern slopes of the Beartooth Mountains. I watched it all play out on Red Lodge Mountain’s webcam over the past two days... 

The snow really started to become heavy Wednesday night 10/11... 

And by 8:30AM Thursday 10/12 about 8" had fallen overnight and it continued to come down heavy. 

Heavy snow continued through the noon time hour (Thursday).

By late afternoon snow had tapered off with around a foot accumulated. 

Another wave of wrap-around snowfall returned Thursday night.


And a few storm images from Big Sky as well. (images courtesy of BSR/Patrick Conroy)


High-pressure will quickly build in across the state Friday and through most of the weekend with temps returning to seasonal values. The snow will be melting on Red Lodge Mountain with a high near 50 degrees (7400’) on Saturday.

A weak system moves into western Montana Sunday bringing mainly cloudy skies with a few showers (high snow levels) into the early part of next week. East of the Continental Divide looks to stay dry into Tuesday when another weak system brings back unsettled skies and cooler temps. Nothing big on the horizon at this point. Stay tuned.   

Powder Out,


Extended Forecast



About Our Forecaster

Bob Ambrose


Ever since his early days as a ski racer on the icy slopes of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Bob chased his dreams of deep powder west to Tahoe and finally Montana. A self-proclaimed 'weather junkie', his passion for maps, charts, and forecasts always lead him to the best snow in Montana.

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