Posted: Jan 18, 2013 1:50 PM by Erin Yost - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Jan 18, 2013 3:04 PM
MISSOULA - It's starting to sound like a broken record, I know, but inversions, morning fog and below average highs continue to plague western Montana.
The responsible ridge of high pressure will dominate through early next week with valley inversions and air stagnation issues sticking around.
Valley locations with strong inversions, like Missoula, will see temperatures well below average only topping out in the 20s. Higher elevations, including the higher valleys, will see warmer conditions with plenty of sunshine.
It doesn't look like we'll see a pattern change until the middle of next week. Right now, models show our ridge breaking down on Wednesday as a Pacific weather system moves in. We could see widespread precipitation into the end of the week.