MISSOULA — Little has changed to the forecast since yesterday as scattered rain, snow and gusty winds are expected Wednesday.
Winds in western Montana are expected to be around 25-35 mph, gusts around 45-55 mph with isolated higher wind gusts possible.
Snow bands are also possible this morning as the system moves through. Periods of low visibility along with whiteout conditions are possible under the heavier bands. Most of the rain and snow is expected during the morning with clearing skies and some sunshine by the afternoon.
Winds will die down quickly by late afternoon and evening. High pressure builds in Thursday leading to a nice day with sunshine and highs in the upper 40's to middle 50's.
Friday's forecast will be a bit more complicated. High pressure will start to move out as our next weather system approaches. Areas from around the Mission Valley and north will see increasing clouds along with scattered rain showers develop. This will keep cooler temperatures in the forecast with highs in the upper 40's to low 50's.
However, areas south of the Mission valley will see more sunshine which will allow temperatures to warm into the middle and upper 50's with even some 60's possible in the Bitterroot Valley.
Looking at the weekend, scattered rain and snow will develop Saturday with highs in the 40's to low 50's. Sunday will be mostly dry, however, temperatures will be cooler as highs top out in the upper 30's to low 40's.