Rain or even snow could fall in Montana Tuesday as a strong, slow-moving weather system continues to deliver thunderstorms and precipitation to the Billings area.
According to Montana Department of Transportation press release, the bad weather has caused the closure of the Beartooth Pass from Vista Point on the Montana side to Long Lake on the Wyoming side.
Falling snow on the top of the pass and high winds are creating blowing and drifting conditions, the release said. Travelers on the MT side will be turned around at Vista Point and come back down to Red Lodge. Wyoming travelers will be turned around at Long Lake.
National Weather Service predictions call for possible snow above 8,000 feet in the Crazy, Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains for the next two days.
The NWS has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, warning that heavy rain and significant thunderstorms are expected to continue across the area for the next few days. The heaviest storm activity is expected from Forsyth to Broadus and eastward.
The chance for precipitation is 80 percent Tuesday in Billings. Showers and thunderstorms are expected as highs reach 68. Winds from the west at between 5 and 15 mph are likely.
Skies will be mostly cloudy Tuesday night, as lows fall to 48. Rain or thunderstorms are expected to continue overnight. A northwest wind of 7 to 11 mph will become north northeast in the evening.
A chance of showers with thunderstorms is possible Wednesday after noon as highs reach 65. Skies will be mostly cloudy and west winds 9 to 18 mph are expected.
Another cool night is expected Wednesday as lows fall to 50. Skies will be mostly cloudy and west winds of 9 to 15 mph are expected. The chance of precipitation will fall to 30 percent.