Pleasant spring weather through midday Friday


MISSOULA, Mont. - A ridge of high pressure Thursday afternoon brought spring-like temperatures to the region in the mid to low 50s. There were mostly clear skies across western Montana.

Flood warnings remain in affect for areas of northern Idaho. Those traveling over Lookout Pass along I-90 should exercise caution Thursday night.

Overnight a rain system will move into western Montana bringing some early morning fog Friday that will turn into mild cloud cover across the region by the afternoon. Showers will inch into northwest Montana mid to late Friday afternoon with the potential for a rain/snow mix in higher elevations. Showers will be the heaviest Friday night into Saturday morning in the northwest part of the state. Southwest Montana will remain mostly dry until Saturday morning when the south-east moving storm system will reach that area.

Friday night could bring scattered snow showers to mountain passes including the Sapphire Mountains, Seeley/Swan area and Glacier, Lookout, Lost Trail and Lolo passes.

Temperatures will be in the mid to low 30s Thursday night and remain in the upper 40s to low 50s Friday and Saturday.