Jan 25, 2013 5:07 PM by Erin Yost - StormTracker Weather Center
MISSOULA - An active weather pattern is setting up for the weekend and well into next week. The first system has already started moving into western Montana as of Friday afternoon.
Winter Weather Advisories are out for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region along with the Flathead and Mission valleys from 11 p.m. Friday until noon Saturday for a trace to 3" of snow. A rain/snow mix, and potentially light freezing rain, is likely overnight.
The West Glacier Region is also under an advisory from 11 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Saturday for 2"-4" below 4,500' and 4"-6" around Marias Pass.
The Lower Clark Fork Region has an advisory from 8 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Saturday for 3"-6" over Lookout Pass & a trace to 2" below 4,000'.
Generally, expect a rain/snow mix on Saturday as highs top out well into the 30s & even 40s across western Montana.
The associated cold front will move though sometime Saturday night which means our highs on Sunday will only top out in the low 30s and we'll see scattered light snow.
Another system will enter from the northwest during the Monday/Tuesday timeframe. This has the potential to bring us more substantial valley accumulations... therefore it will be closely monitored.