Sun returns with chilly temperatures

Posted at 12:44 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 11:25:01-05

MISSOULA — Happy Wednesday!

The question I have been asked more than any other in recent days is, “Are we going to have a white Christmas?” Mother Nature has kept western Montana in a warm, wet weather pattern in recent days before finally breaking down and giving the area some snowfall on Tuesday. This is all the snow we’re going to have to work with moving forward into Christmas which means, the snow you have on the ground now, minus any melting over the next 48 hours is what you’ll have on the ground Christmas morning. The good news is, we can expect beautiful weather over the next two days.

Look for a mostly sunny to sunny day from Polson southward on Wednesday with highs climbing into the upper 20s to lower 30s in most locations. Northwest Montana will see a mix of sun and clouds with similar highs. We’ll see a clear sky overnight allowing temperatures to drop into the single digits and teens on Thursday morning.

Christmas Eve will bring another beautiful day, as we’ll see a mostly sunny to sunny sky from start to finish with highs ranging from the lower 30s to upper 30s.

Christmas Day will bring a mix of sun and clouds. The day will start in the high single digits to upper teens, with afternoon highs reaching the lower to upper 30s. No rain or snow is expected.

As we look toward the weekend, Saturday looks to being the best chance of precipitation at least through early next week, and even then, snow and rain chances will remain under 50%. Saturday will be mostly cloudy otherwise with highs climbing into the middle to upper 30s.

Sunday will feature more clouds than sun with similar highs to Saturday. No precipitation is expected on Sunday.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!