Posted: Dec 23, 2012 6:43 PM by Dennis Bragg - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Dec 24, 2012 7:03 AM
MISSOULA- Winter weather advisories are now up for all of Western Montana, with winter storm warnings for the Lower Clark Fork Valley, as a strong Pacific system pushes into the Northern Rockies.
That moisture will mix with cold air from Eastern Montana, combining to give us the potential for snowfall accumulations ranging from an inch or so in the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys to 3 to 6 inches in NW MT and areas like the Blackfoot Valley. The main focus of the storm appears to be on track to have more impact in areas north of Missoula and isn't likely to start until late tonight, or the early morning hours of Monday.
Gusty winds will also make last minute shopping uncomfortable, but things should calm down with a few sun breaks Christmas Day.
Highs Monday will be in the low to mid-20s for Missoula and Hamilton. But in the Flathead, expect temperatures to actually drop throughout the afternoon as the cold air blows out of Badrock Canyon.