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Winter weather tightens grip on Western Montana

Sidewalk shoveling continues as bands of snow hang out over West-Central Montana
Posted at 3:17 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 17:17:34-05

MISSOULA — SNOW:

Snow bands together across West-Central and Southwest Montana Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Just like the last few nights, bands will drop moderate to heavy snow over long periods of time.

This will mean all the shoveling we’ve done over the last few days keeps getting undone quickly!

Keep the shovels out this week, because more snow is set to return to the forecast before the work week is over.

Isolated pockets of snow are possible for West-Central Montana Wednesday, but chances become more widespread again Thursday into Friday.

ARCTIC AIR:

Our next focus this week will be the arctic air.

Heading into the midweek point, much colder air pushes farther to the south.

The northwest will still be feeling the brunt of this arctic blast, and highs here top out in the single digits through the end of the work week.

West-Central and Southwest Montana top out in the teens and 20s tomorrow, but our highs here drop to the single digits and low teens by Thursday.

Thursday will be the coldest day of the week with highs in the northwest corner barely breaking zero.

During the coldest parts of the day (just before sunrise), lows will be in the negative teens and single digits for much of our area.

Thursday’s lows will again be the coldest of the week and the northwest will be in the negative teens while West-Central and Southwest Montana will be in the negative single digits.

These are the actual temperatures.

When we take wind into account (gusts up to 20 MPH Thursday and Friday) we will be FEELING (wind chill values) more like it is 20 below zero outside for some areas!