Snow. That’s the first word of the National Weather Service forecast today, Nov. 9.

Look outside – they nailed it.

A deep upper-level trough has moved in from the West Coast, noaa.gov reports, and a “quasi-stationary front extends from the upper Great Lakes southwestward to the central Rockies, then south to southern California.”

This is a big storm. Montana’s first of the season, winter sports enthusiasts are raving, after an unusually long, dry fall.

“We already have more snow in town than we did all last year,” said Bozeman resident Nicholas Warren while shoveling his driveway.

As of 9 a.m., most flights at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport were running on time.

Temperatures are forecast to remain in the 20s Friday, with calm winds.

The precipitation will wane by Veterans Day, but not before dropping up to a foot of snow in Big Sky.