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Snow continues to fall on the mountains south of Bozeman on Friday afternoon.

Wintry weather will continue through Saturday morning, but sunnier days are ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

The service issued a winter weather advisory along the Northern Rocky Mountain Front, including Gallatin County and much of the rest of southwest Montana, until Saturday at 9 a.m.

The storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow to the Gallatin Valley and up to 10 inches in the mountains. Wind gusts of about 20-30 mph are also predicted.

The north-central part of the state will see more snow by Saturday — about 5-8 inches with 12 inches possible at higher elevations.

Icy roads could make travel challenging, and blowing snow — particularly through mountain passes — will reduce visibility.

“It’s a holiday, so there is going to continue to be a lot of travel through the weekend, and we want to let people know what’s going on, so they can prepare for it,” said Thomas Pepe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Great Falls.

This is the second storm to hit over the Thanksgiving holiday. Beginning Wednesday and running through Friday morning, a winter storm brought about 3 to 5 inches of snow to the Bozeman area.

The National Weather Service recommends those traveling in Montana check forecasts and be prepared for delays and difficult driving conditions through the weekend.

For up-to-date road conditions, the Montana Department of Transportation recommends travelers check its website or call 511.

The weather should clear up and be warmer on Sunday. The nicer weather should hold through much of next week, Pepe said. However, it looks like another storm may hit next weekend.

Perrin Stein can be reached at pstein@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2648.

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