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Another beautiful day expected to end our work week

Next winter storm packs cold punch Sunday
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Posted at 4:15 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 18:16:13-05

MISSOULA — Today a few stubborn clouds settled over parts of the Flathead Valley and Flathead Lake today.

This didn’t allow as much sunshine to peak through, so areas like Polson were in the low 30s this afternoon while the rest of Western Montana made it into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Tomorrow promises to be another about-average day temperature wise with plenty of sunshine in the forecast.

After breaking down this month’s highs- compared to the average daily highs, we’ve actually topped out above average more than below average!

It has been a big change from the record-breaking cold month of October for sure!

Heading through Friday expect highs to reach the mid 30s to low 40s.

This is about average for this time of year, so it will be a very seasonable end to the work week.

Saturday afternoon we will see a lot less of the sunshine.

Clouds roll into the state to start our weekend, and a storm system enters from the north.

Saturday night lows drop the low 30s, so as precipitation enters the northwest Saturday night, we likely will see light snow accumulation in upper elevation valleys.

Sunday morning will likely hold widespread precipitation in our forecast.

This means most of Western Montana will likely be waking up to the 20s and 30s, so we can expect snow and rain/snow mixing throughout the valleys.

Little to no accumulation is expected in lower elevations through Sunday morning.

Sunday afternoon remains cloudy as most precipitation moves out.

Sunday night we will be cautiously watching totals in mountain passes, so we can update you on road conditions as you head back over the passes from Bozeman (if you are staying the night after the big game) on Sunday morning.

Another round of morning snow showers is expected on Monday, and slight chances of snow showers remain in the forecast Tuesday through Thanksgiving.

Temperatures take a big drop Monday, too, and highs are expected to remain in the mid 30s.

Highs keep on the downward trend as we head toward the end of the holiday week, so Thanksgiving looks to be MUCH colder than average.