Dec 31, 2012 8:59 AM by Russ Thomas - StormTracker Weather Center
MISSOULA - If you've liked the weather over the last five days, you are going to be a very happy camper today!
The last day of 2012 will feature the same stratus cloud deck and light snow flurries that we've seen since last Wednesday. With that in mind, temperatures will not stray far from where we start the day. Look for middle to upper 20s area-wide.
If you are heading out tonight for events/parties expect temperatures to be chilly with a mainly cloudy sky around midnight. By tomorrow morning, lows will drop into the middle teens, which is about seven to 10 degrees colder than this morning.
New Years Day will be partly to mostly cloudy. High temperatures will climb into the middle to upper 20s once again. Snow flurries will be very isolated as drier air will be moving over the area.
Great news for Wednesday and Thursday for those that have been craving some sunshine. It looks like the strong upper level ridge that is expected to move over the Northern Rockies will bring a mostly clear sky.
The issue in Western Montana valleys will be how long it will take for fog to wear off. I think it will eventually happen, even with the low sun-angle we have in place, but you may have to be patient as the sun might not come until the afternoon hours. Temperatures will be much colder with lows in the single digits and highs in the upper teens to lower 20's.
Friday and Saturday look like dry days with a partly cloudy sky. Fog will still be prevalent in some valley locations. We'll see lows in the teens and highs in the middle 20s to lower 30s.