Weather Forecast: Warmer temperatures Tuesday

Posted at 6:35 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 08:35:48-05

MISSOULA — As inversions continue to slowly break, warmer temperatures are expected across western Montana.

With that being said, locations that have been dealing with inversions over the past week will still feel the effects of those Tuesday with valley fog and low lying clouds once again present during the morning. These locations can also expect highs in the 30s. Places that can break free of the inversions will see more sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 40s and even a few 50s possible.

Our first system in quite sometime will bring mixed precipitation to northwest Montana Tuesday night into Wednesday. While light snow is expected in the mountains, the valleys could see freezing rain or a rain/snow mix as this system moves through. The valleys of west-central and southwest Montana will remain mostly dry with this system.

Temperatures will begin to drop to end the week. Expect overall dry conditions Thursday and Friday with highs in the middle 30s Thursday and low 30s Friday.

By the weekend, although models are a bit inconsistent with the timing of each system, a return to a more active weather pattern looks likely. This pattern shift then looks to stick around into next week.