Weather Forecast: Holiday travel conditions for the next week

Cold Temps
Travel Outlook
Posted at 4:40 AM, Dec 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-15 11:01:23-05

MISSOULA - A brief period of drier weather will move in today due to a weak high pressure system.

For now, travel conditions look fine for much of the weekend, but more snow is likely beginning on Sunday.

Current weather models are slightly unclear on the timing and severity of the next snow system, but Tuesday looks to have the biggest impacts to travel right now.

Next week, bitter cold air is expected to drop temperatures from the mid-20s to anywhere from 10° to 30° below normal.

For this time of year, normal temperatures hover around 30°, so with the forecasted extreme cold, temperatures will be at or around 0°.

The projected cold could impact livestock, pets, and overall energy consumption leading up to the holiday.

If any preparations are needed to winterize vehicles, homes, or outdoor spaces — now is the time.