Winds will increase Sunday and Monday

Posted at 5:00 PM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 19:00:40-05

MISSOULA — Happy Saturday!

The snow bands that moved through the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys during the afternoon hours will diminish as we head into the evening and overnight hours. Expect a partly to mostly cloudy sky overnight with lows ranging from the middle teens to middle 20s across the region. Expect a low near 25 in Missoula. Sunday will bring a mix of sun and clouds early, with an increase in clouds later in the day. The atmosphere will be unstable enough to see snow showers develop, especially in the higher elevations, though a few stray valley snowflakes are possible. Afternoon highs will range from the middle 30s to 40 across western Montana.

A wet Pacific system will spread across the region on Monday bringing a very good chance for snow in the mountains, and a mix of rain and snow in the valleys. Winds will increase as the system enters the region. Northwest Montana is currently under a High Wind Watch for the period of Sunday evening through Monday morning. Afternoon highs will be relatively mild with most valleys seeing highs reach the middle 40s on Monday.

As the system exits the region early on Tuesday, we’ll see a good deal of snow shower activity in the mountains and valleys. Light accumulations are likely in the valleys early Tuesday. By later in the day, shower activity will diminish, and we should see sunshine poking through the clouds. Temperatures will be much cooler on Tuesday with highs reaching the middle 30s.

Wednesday is shaping up as a dry day with most getting a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will climb into the middle 30s after starting in the upper teens to lower 20s.

Thursday will bring more clouds than sun with chances of late day show showers and highs in the lower to middle 30s.

Have a wonderful Sunday!