Winter storm sweeps through southwest Montana, Madison County

UPDATED 1 p.m. – The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a winter storm and blizzard warning along with a wind chill advisory for Madison County as a nasty winter storm rolls into the state.

As of 11 a.m. most roads in Madison County are still open, though problem areas, like the Virginia City Hill on Montana Highway 287 and Norris Hill on U.S. Highway 287 north of Ennis, could close if conditions worsen or accidents happen, said Madison County Emergency Management coordinator Chris Mumme.

In Twin Bridges, school children will be sent home by 1 p.m. and in Ennis bus routes will start running at 1 p.m., Mumme said. No buses will run in Ennis Wednesday, but school will be in session until noon, which was the regular schedule for Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Sheridan is planning on keeping kids in school through the day and Mumme had no word from Harrison about whether or not school will stay open as of 11 a.m.

For local weather conditions in the Madison Valley, click here.

For local weather in the Ruby Valley, click here.

For current information, look at the Madison County Emergency Management website, here.

We will continue to update this story throughout the day Tuesday.

According to the weather service this storm should increase in intensity through this afternoon and evening and begin to wane Wednesday morning. However, temperatures will be well below zero by tomorrow morning and wind chills could be in the double digits below zero Tuesday night through Wednesday.

This storm could dump up to 10 inches of snow in the valleys of Madison County and more than 20 inches in the mountains.

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