MISSOULA — The persistent trough of low pressure over the region remains locked in place today. Scattered valley rain and snow showers along with mountain snow will once again be in the forecast with the most widespread showers occurring this afternoon in northwest Montana. High temperatures will again be well below average topping out in the low to middle 40's.
Looking at the weekend, expect an overall dry day Saturday with clouds in the morning then sunshine by the afternoon. Mountain snow and valley rain showers will then return to the forecast Sunday. Highs will top out in the middle to upper 40's Saturday and low to middle 50's Sunday.
For those looking forward to warmer and more Spring like weather, next week will finally give us that! Temperatures will be warming throughout the week with highs in the middle to upper 50's Monday and Tuesday then upper 50's to low 60's Wednesday and Thursday.
Beyond this, even though we are still over a week out, long term projections are in fairly good agreement to bring back chilly temperatures along with rain and snow by next weekend and even continue into the following week. Again, with this being so far out exact details remain unclear, however, the current set up shows good potential for another round of cold air to move in the next 10-14 days.