Snow arrives, winter driving conditions expected

    Winter driving conditions are expected over mountain passes with quick snow showers in valleys, reducing visibility. Photo: NBC Montana

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect Thursday and Friday for all of NBC Montana. Expect 1 to 5 inches of snow accumulation in valleys with 5 to 12 inches in the mountains. Snow covered roads and blowing snow will cause travel impacts. You can check the Montana road report by clicking here.

    Advisory will expire at 5 pm Friday for areas in northwest Montana. Expect 6 to 12 inches of accumulation. Lower Clark Fork Region and Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains could see between 4 and 8 inches of accumulation by Friday afternoon. The Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys will be under an advisory until 8 pm Thursday and could see up to 2 inches. Madison and Gallatin Counties could see 4 to 10 inches above 4,000 feet, with 1 to 3 inches in valleys by 5 am Friday.

    Active weather will return to the area today with the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys seeing snowfall first. All areas will see accumulating snow throughout the day. Snow will continue overnight. Areas could see up to 6 inches by morning with mountains seeing up to a foot. Highs today in the 20s and 30s.

    Temperatures will slowly trend upwards this weekend and snow showers will become more of a wintry mix in some areas. All of the area will see highs warm to the 30s Friday through next week, with a few areas flirting with 40. Unsettled weather will continue next week, especially in areas west of the divide. Track our next weather maker right along with us by downloading our NBC Montana News and Weather Apps.

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