According to the National Weather Service in Billings, projected forecasts as of Wednesday night showed the possibility of more than 14 inches of snow from a weather system expected to settle over Billings beginning today. NWS meteorologist Julie Arthur said [quote] “Some people are saying a foot to a foot-and-a-half,” [end quote].

Wednesday night’s snowfall was the result of a separate, smaller disturbance moving through the Billings area, Arthur said, but the approaching weather system, made up of Pacific moisture mixing with cold air from a Canadian cold front, is expected to produce most of its snow over central and south central Montana from tonight through Friday night.

Forecasters said a winter storm watch remained scheduled to go into effect this afternoon for Yellowstone County and surrounding areas in the path of the storm. That could be upgraded to a warning.