Dec 23, 2012 1:35 PM by Dennis Bragg - StormTracker Weather Center
MISSOULA - After seeing light amounts of snow across the region from a front that pushed through Saturday night, Western Montana is getting a brief break before a stronger storm moves in late tonight.
This latest shot of moisture off the Pacific is arriving on top of a push of colder air from east of the Continental Divide. And that will create some wintry conditions headed into Monday morning, especially in the Missoula Valley.
'Snow accumulations don't appear to be that heavy, with perhaps an inch or two in the valley floors. But strong winds pushing out of Hellgate Canyon and the Upper Blackfoot will lead to some challenging driving conditions through the morning commute and over the mountain passes.
In Northwest Montana, snow showers will probably be more scattered, but could be heavy at times.
Conditions will calm down later on Christmas Eve although it will turn colder with lows down to 10 in Missoula, and into the single digits in the Flathead. We should see partly sunny skies on Christmas Day in advance of another storm system pushing into the region Tuesday night or Wednesday.