Snow and blowing snow, winter weather highlights
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY late tonight through early Thursday for all of northwest Montana, including the Flathead and Mission Valleys. Snowfall of 3 to 6 inches will be possible across northwest Montana. Lookout, Lolo, Lost Trail and Marias Passes will see 5 to 10 inches of snow.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Gallatin, Jefferson, Broadwater and Madison Counties. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches will be possible in the lower elevations. Bozeman Pass will see 4 to 6 inches of snow.
Missoula and Butte have not been placed under an advisory but we will see 1 to 4 inches of snow.
Our next weather maker will drop south out of Canada early Wednesday. Snow will develop around Kalispell just before the morning drive. Missoula will see snow showers by mid-morning. The snow will spread to the Butte and Bozeman areas by the afternoon. Accumulating snow is likely area wide Wednesday night and linger through Thursday around Butte and Bozeman. Wind will increase, creating areas of blowing snow.
Arctic air will move back into the region behind this storm. Highs will drop from the 30s Wednesday to the 20s to lower 30s on Thursday.
Another storm system will bring snow to the region Friday through the weekend. This one will be stronger and will also be accompanied by a lot of wind as arctic air interacts with Pacific moisture. Mountains will see close to a foot of snow with several inches in valley locations.