Winter Storm impacts Thursday

Watches and Warnings

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have been issued for Thursday through early Friday for all areas west of the divide, except the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. WINTER STORM WARNINGS are posted from Glacier Park south to the Swan Lake area and the Lower Clark Fork region, which are the mountainous areas west of Missoula including Lookout Pass.

Snowfall of 4 to 8 inches in the Kalispell will be possible through Friday. Locally higher amount are expected across northwest Montana. Snowfall will be impressive in the mountains of northwest Montana where 1 to 2 feet are likely, with some areas in Lincoln County receiving up to 30 inches. The Butte and the Georgetown Lake area could see up to 4 inches of snow.

Elsewhere, where there are no advisories, snow is still expected. Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches in the Bozeman area by Thursday and early Friday. Missoula may receive 1 to 2 inches of snow Thursday through early Friday.

A huge push of Pacific moisture will bring the heavy precipitation. A brief change over to rain is expected in many lower elevations Thursday afternoon before changing back to snow Thursday night and ending early Friday.

Daytime highs will be in the low to mid 30s through the weekend.

Mostly dry and calm this weekend with the next chance of snow next Tuesday.

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