MISSOULA — Plenty of sunshine and warmer weather is expected Friday. Temperatures will be hovering right around seasonal average topping out in the 50's to low 60's by the afternoon.
Clouds will increase tonight as a week cold front moves into the region. Showers will first develop in northwest Montana Saturday morning then slide south into west-central and southwest Montana Saturday afternoon and evening. Snow will be possible for the mountains along the divide. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for the higher elevations in the West Glacier Region from midnight tonight through noon Saturday with 3"to-5" possible over Marias Pass. Mountains further south will be less impacted by snow with around 1"-to-2" possible over Rogers and MacDonald Pass. Temperatures will be slightly cooler Saturday with highs in the low 50's in northwest Montana and middle to upper 50's in west-central and southwest Montana.
Very nice Spring weather is expected to start next week. Highs will be in the upper 50's to low 60's Sunday then warm into the low to middle 60's Monday and Tuesday.
A shift to a more active and cool weather pattern looks to return by the end of next week. Temperatures will drop back to the 40's and 50's with scattered rain and snow returning by Thursday.