Whatever your Thursday plans may be... the skies remain clear

High pressure keeps skies clear until Friday
Posted at 2:39 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 16:39:26-05

MISSOULA — High pressure takes hold of our forecast for the next few days, so for those of us craving the sunshine, it’s back!

Soak up the vitamin D these next few days!

Sunny to mostly sunny skies are expected in most of Western Montana Wednesday and Thursday.

Highs will jump above average.

This time of year we are usually around the low 30s, but highs the next few days jump to the mid to low 30s.

Because of clear skies, lows Wednesday night and Christmas Eve night will drop to the teens and single digits!

Brrr… it will be cold as we wake up and take those morning walks Thursday morning.

Christmas Day will also be warm, but there is a good chance we will be seeing a lot more clouds than sunshine Christmas afternoon.

Our next storm system approaches from the west bringing clouds Christmas afternoon and snow showers late Christmas Night.

This means whatever is on the ground today- and what doesn’t melt these next few days- will be our chances of having a ‘white Christmas.’

A ‘white Christmas’ is one with at least 1” of snow on the ground, so we better hope for little to snow melt of the 2” we got in Kalispell Tuesday, the 1.7” in Missoula, and Arlee is looking promising after 8” of accumulation.

The Bitterroot Valley only saw trace amounts and will likely not have a ‘white Christmas’ this year.

Widespread snow moves back in the forecast Saturday.

We keep in clouds and a few snow chances Sunday, and cloudy skies remain in our forecast next week.

Highs for the weekend remain in the mid to low 30s.