Winter weather concerns tonight and Friday
WINTER STORM WARNING Thursday for Glacier Park south to Swan Lake. Snowfall of 8 to 24 inches.
WINTER STORM WATCH from Bozeman to the Helena area. Snowfall of 2 to 5 inches in the valleys and 8" at the passes.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from Kalispell southeast to Seeley Lake and Butte. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches, with heavier amounts around Seeley Lake.
We are tracking an arctic front that will bring rain, snow and gusty winds. Winds will develop, with some gusts up to 30 and 40 mph, especially with the passage of the front. Rain will quickly change to snow across northwest Montana in the afternoon and area wide by night. Snow and blowing snow will occur along the divide and in Glacier National Park.
NORTHWEST MONTANA: Arctic air will move along the divide and into Flathead Valley mid-day Thursday. Accumulating snow is expected over Marias Pass. Rain will quickly change to snow as arctic air arrives in the Flathead Valley. Snowfall of 8 to 24 inches in Glacier Park with 1 to 3 inches in the Flathead and Mission Valleys, including Kalispell and Polson.
WEST-CENTRAL MONTANA: Arctic air will try to spill into the Missoula area late Thursday and Thursday night . Rain will change to snow Thursday evening and continue Friday. Snowfall of a trace up to 2 inches for the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys.
SOUTHWEST MONTANA: Arctic air will arrive late Thursday. Travel impacts due to moderate snow are expected over MacDonald and Homestake passes. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches in Butte with 4 to 8 inches north of I-90 in the Boulder and Townsend areas and 2 to 5 inches in the Bozeman area.