Weather Forecast: Mountain snow and valley rain/snow this weekend

Posted at 6:10 AM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 14:14:51-05

MISSOULA — Several storm systems will bring mild and active weather to the northern Rockies this weekend.

Friday will be the lone dry day. Expect mostly to partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid to upper 30s.

A weak cold front will bring mountain snow and a wintry mix to the valleys Friday night into Saturday morning. Valleys will then see drier conditions develop through the afternoon and evening Saturday while mountains continue to see light snow. Highs Saturday will top out in the mid 30s to low 40s.

The next system will move in Saturday night and continue into Sunday. This system will bring moderate to heavy snow to the mountains with Lolo, Lookout and Marias Passes having the best chance to see heavy snow. Valleys could see a light dusting of snow Saturday night, however, as milder temperatures move in, valley snow will quickly change to a rain/snow mix or all rain by mid to late morning Sunday. Another item to watch will be breezy winds Sunday. Valleys could see gusts around 25-35 mph while mountains experience gusts over 50 mph.

Yet another system is expected to move in Monday and Tuesday. As of now, mountains look to continue to see generous amounts of snow. A light wintry mix is most likely in the valleys, however, there are some signs that northwest Montana valleys could see more moderate snow. Stay tuned to KPAX for all the latest updates on our active weather pattern as we move through the weekend.