Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:40 PM by Dennis Bragg - StormTracker Weather Center
Updated: Jan 5, 2013 9:55 PM
MISSOULA - After getting the New Year off to a sunny though cold start, this coming week promises a return to those other winter conditions, snow and freezing rain.
High pressure that protected the region from storms for much of the week has been breaking down, opening the door for incoming storms coming across the Northwest off the Pacific.
Patchy freezing fog could form again overnight in the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys, as we see overnight lows down to the mid-teens.
In Northwest Montana, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Kootenai-Cabinet region and the Lower Clark Fork, where snow showers are expected overnight that could impact driving conditions.
Those showers are expected to also have some impact on the Flathead and Mission Valleys, but especially in Glacier National Park and along the Divide.
For Missoula and the Bitterroot Valleys, not much accumulation is expected from the snow showers.
Snow could hit off and on throughout the day Sunday and into Monday, and by Monday we might see an inch or two in some of the valleys. Freezing rain could be a possibility later on Monday as well.
Highs Sunday should reach 30 degrees.