MISSOULA — Our next system and associated cold front will move through western Montana this morning. As it does, widespread valley rain showers and mountain snow will return to all of western Montana.
By the afternoon snow will generally come to an end for all elevations and turn to rain. The exception being the mountains in Glacier National Park where a winter weather advisory has been issued through noon Wednesday. 3"-to-7" is possible for locations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, including Marias Pass. 7"-to-14" is possible for locations above 6,000 feet.
It will be breezy once again today, however, by late afternoon and evening the winds are really expected to pick up. Gusts of 30-to-40 mph looks likely across western Montana starting after 3 pm and running through the evening. A High Wind Watch has been issued for all of western Montana through this evening with isolated gusts of 50 mph possible.
Breezy winds along with scattered rain showers and mountain snow will stick around Wednesday. Highs Wednesday will top out only in the low to upper 40s.
Thursday and Friday will start of chilly then warm into the 50s to low 60s by the afternoon.
Our next system then looks to return to northwest Montana Friday afternoon bringing more scattered rain showers and breezy winds.