MISSOULA — Be prepared for slippery roads and black ice this morning. The melting snow and rain yesterday has frozen overnight, factor that in with snow showers and roads could be icy this morning. Take it slow and give extra time for the commute.
Snow showers are in the forecast Tuesday across western Montana. By the afternoon snow bands are expected to develop in an unstable atmosphere. Brief but intense snow showers may result, impacting locations in and around wherever the snow bands develop. Additional snow accumulations are likely under the stronger snow bands.
A brief dry period will set up Wednesday. Expect a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid 30s.
Active weather quickly returns to end the week as snow moves in Thursday and Friday. The valleys across western Montana will have the chance to pick up a few inches during this system while the mountains, especially along the MT/ID border pick up and additional 12" or more of snow.
A quick look at the weekend shows drier conditions developing. A few lingering snow showers may be possible Saturday especially in the higher terrain. Temperatures are expected to slowly warm as well with highs in the low 30s Saturday and mid 30s to low 40s Sunday.