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Snow, wind, and rain make a return to Western Montana

Rain turns to snow in valleys Tuesday night
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Posted at 3:36 PM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 17:36:29-04

Clouds start rolling in tonight and wind picks up across the northwest ahead of our next big Arctic system.

Rain moves into the northwest tonight, and snow stays in elevations above 5,000 ft.

Lows tonight will be too warm for snow to develop in lower elevations, and we drop down to the 40s tonight into tomorrow morning in valleys.

Tuesday will be a rainy day for all Western Montana.

The cold front from the north pushes through early tomorrow morning.

This will bring much colder temperatures, and we can expect a good 15-20 degree drop from highs today.

Snow will remain in upper elevations through Tuesday afternoon as rain continues to fall in lower elevations.

Besides wetter weather, expect windy conditions to pick up Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning.

A Wind Advisory has been issued for most the Flathead Valley and other parts of the northwest for Tuesday-Wednesday.

Winter Storm Watches and Warnings remain in effect closer to the divide where we expect up to a foot of snow in the mountains and 3-6” in the upper elevation valleys Tuesday-Wednesday.

Rain turns to snow in valley levels across all Western Montana Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as lows drop into the low 20s and high teens.

We expect a lot less impact in these lower elevation valleys than in the mountains and passes.

Expect overnight lows to still hit the 20s through Friday.

If you haven’t unhooked the hoses and blown out the sprinkler system, now may be a good time to do that since we will have prolonged periods of time below freezing over several nights.