Weather Forecast: Rain, snow and gusty winds Monday afternoon

Posted at 5:55 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 07:55:50-04

MISSOULA — Dry conditions with a mix of sun and clouds overhead will greet western Montana to start your Monday. High temperatures will still reach the upper 40's to middle 50's today.

By the late afternoon and evening, a strong cold front will begin moving through the northern Rockies. As the front moves through, rain, snow and gusty winds will all develop.

Winter Weather Advisories are in place for the mountains across western Montana where widespread 4"-to-8" will be possible over the mountain passes tonight into Tuesday.

Even the higher elevation valleys such as Seeley Lake, Philipsburg, Georgetown Lake and Butte could pick up accumulating snow of 1"-to-3".

Most valley locations will see little impacts from snow, however, gusty winds will develop as the front moves through. A wind advisory is in place for the Flathead, Mission, Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys this evening as winds could gust around 40-50 mph.

Scattered snow showers and breezy winds will remain in the forecast Tuesday as highs top out in the low to middle 40's and winds gust around 30-35 mph.

Well below average temperatures will move in Wednesday and Thursday. Scattered snow showers will once again be in the forecast Wednesday then dry and mostly cloudy skies are expected Thursday. High temperatures on both days will only be in the 30's to low 40's.

Temperatures will slowly warm up by Friday and into the weekend, however, highs will remain below average with temperatures in the middle and upper 40's this weekend.