MISSOULA — Other than patchy fog for some valley locations another beautiful day is ahead of us with temperatures in the 50s and 60s and sunny skies overhead.
Temperatures will slowly drop Wednesday and Thursday as a few weak systems bring scattered showers and breezy winds to western Montana. With that being said, temperatures will remain slightly above average topping out in the 50s both days. A few scattered showers can't be ruled out in northwest Montana Wednesday then these will slide in west-central and southwest Montana Thursday.
More widespread and drastic changes will begin to impact the northern Rockies Friday as a cold arctic air mass moves through this weekend. Temperatures will drop into the 40s Friday. Northwest Montana valleys could see a rain/snow mix while the valleys of west-central and southwest Montana see scattered rain showers.
Cold air will continue to move in through the weekend. Highs will drop into the upper 20s to middle 30s Saturday and low to middle 20s Sunday. Scattered snow showers will also return to the forecast for all of western Montana this weekend, however, how much snow is still in question.
Looking at the extended forecast. Below average temperatures along with scattered snow showers look to stick around through next week with highs topping out only in the 20s and 30s.