MISSOULA — High pressure will lead to some very nice late fall days Thursday through Saturday. Expect temperatures in the mid 40's to low 50's Thursday and low to upper 50's Friday and Saturday.
Late Saturday night and Sunday, another arctic cold front will drop south out of Canada and move across the divide. Models continue to disagree on the amount of moisture that will move through the northern Rockies.
Right now, we are expecting the most snow to fall in the mountains along the Continental Divide. Marias, MacDonald and Homestake Passes can expect a couple inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday.
The mountains and valleys further west to the Montana/Idaho border will generally see less than 1 inch.
As the front moves through, expect temperatures to drop and windy conditions to develop Sunday especially across northwest Montana.
High temperatures will drop from the 50's on Saturday into the 30's and 40's Sunday, with the coldest temperatures expected in northwest Montana from the Flathead Valley east.
Looking at next week, a weak area of high pressure looks to return Monday - Wednesday. This means dry and cool weather is expected with highs topping out in the low to upper 40's.