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Weather Forecast: Active weather pattern sets up this week

Posted at 5:53 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 11:21:20-05

MISSOULA — A ridge of high pressure will lead to some valley fog this morning especially across northwest Montana.

The Flathead Valley has the best chance to see inversions and cold air pools develop that may linger into the afternoon.

For locations in and around Kalispell, Whitefish and Columbia Falls, high temperatures will remain in the low 30's today. All other locations should see temperatures warm into the upper 30's to middle 40's by the afternoon.

A system will bring valley rain/snow and mountain snow back to the forecast Tuesday afternoon and evening. High temperatures will again top out in the upper 30's and 40's.

Late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, valleys should see rain/snow change over to all snow. Snow bands could lead to snow covered roads during the Wednesday morning commute.

For Thursday and Friday, valleys will continue to see off and on rain/snow showers while the mountains continue to see snow. High temperatures will remain in the upper 30's to middle 40's.

Looking at the weekend, the valleys of northwest Montana will have the best chance to see valley rain/snow showers continue while drier conditions are expected in west-central and southwest Montana.

The mountains look to continue to build on their snowpack as snow showers will continue to fall in the higher elevations.