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In anticipation for the latest storm to hit our area, the National Weather Service as upgraded its Winter Storm Watch to a Warning for Gallatin, Madison and Beaverhead Counties. The Warning starts tonight and continues through early Tuesday morning.West of the divide is a Winter Weather Advisory, which includes Butte. Rain will begin in the valleys tonight with snow in the mountains. The valley rain will change to all snow on Monday with expected accumulation between 4 to 7 inches. The mountains will see an all snow event, with 1 to 2 feet possible by Monday evening. Travel will be difficult, especially over higher elevations on Monday. Roads will be wet, and icy, and likely snow covered. If you are planning on traveling, check the road conditions before you hit the road. On top of the snow, and difficult driving conditions, this added moisture will increase flooding concerns across the area. This storm could bring up to an inch of rain, adding to the already full rivers and streams across the area. This combined with unseasonably warm temperatures expected by mid-week, there is the potential for a prolonged flooding event lasting through late this week. Meteorologist Adam Bell is currently working on all the details, including how quickly this valley rain will change over to snow, and exactly how much moisture we will get. He will have all you need to know tonight at 530.