A few more clouds on the horizon Saturday

Next system moves in Sunday bringing rain and snow
Posted at 3:25 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 17:25:27-05

MISSOULA — Here are some fun facts on this Friday to enjoy while we are still tracking stable conditions:

On January 1st, Missoula’s sunset and sunrise times were 8:21 AM to 4:58 PM.
Today’s sunset and sunrise times are 7:29 AM and 6:09 PM.

Now correct me if my math is wrong here (I am better at geometry, trig, and calculus than arithmetic)… but we went from:

8-hours and 37-minutes of sunlight on January 1st


11-hours and 20-minutes of daylight today!

We will be enjoying that sunshine setting later and later as we head into spring, but there are not many days left of sunshine this week, because we are tracking our next system moving in.

Saturday’s highs will still top out in the 40s (at or slightly above average), but we will have a few more clouds on the horizon by the afternoon.

Clouds roll in, but precipitation mostly stays isolated in the northwest corner Saturday evening. This means we could see a sprinkle or two, but really we aren’t expecting a washout of any Saturday afternoon or evening plans outdoors.

Sunday will be a different story.

A winter system pushes in from the northwest, and we will be tracking a lot more rain in valleys and snow in upper elevations through Sunday afternoon.

Sunday evening, we will see rain turn to wintry mix and then to snow in valleys. Expect slick roadways heading out late Sunday evening and early Monday morning. Snow and rain move out by Monday evening.

A few isolated showers are in the forecast through the beginning of next week, but the main focus will be on the impacts of the winter system moving in Sunday-Monday. Right now, expect slick roadways to be the biggest impact to your end of the weekend plans.