Widespread rain with concerns for wind
Rain and wind are the primary concerns for western Montana through Thanksgiving Day.
A conveyor belt of mild and moist Pacific air will continue to move across western Montana. That means there will be periodic rain and drizzle, mainly west of the divide from Missoula north to Kalispell through Thursday. A slight chance in the Butte and Bozeman areas.
A better chance of rain and snow Thursday night in southwest Montana around Butte and Bozeman as a strong cold front moves through the northern Rockies.
Very windy weather is expected Thursday with the front. HIGH WIND WATCH Thursday afternoon and night for most areas west of the divide, including Missoula, Butte and Kalispell. West southwest winds 15 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Mild with lows in the 30s with highs in the upper 40s and 50s Wednesday and Thursday. Also mild at the passes with snow levels very high. That means that even though there will be wet roadways, ice should not be a problem through the holiday.
Cooler behind the front, but still above average temperatures for late November. Highs will drop to the 40s Friday and this weekend with lows back to the 20s and lower 30s.