National Weather Service

Weekend Snow Headed To Western Montana

Jan 10, 2015
National Weather Service

Light to moderate snow will gradually overspread the region through Sunday morning creating hazardous travel at times. Mountain passes are expected to generally receive 3-6 inches of snow, while the valleys of western Montana see anywhere from 1-4 inches with only a light dusting possible for north central Idaho valleys. Slick roads are likely, especially back streets and parking lots which have not entirely cleared out from the last storm.

National Weather Service, Missoula, MT

Driving conditions in Western Montana are the worst they’ve been all year. That’s according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Luke Robinson.

“We haven't seen driving conditions like this, probably since last year, so this is pretty bad.”

Robinson says a winter storm warning remains in effect for western Montana through 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Montana Department of Transportation crews cleared a wreck involving a semi from Highway 200 near Bonner earlier today.

Video: High Impact Winter Storm Briefing For Western Montana

Jan 2, 2015
National Weather Service

A potentially long-lasting winter storm will affect the Northern Rockies this Sunday through at least Tuesday and bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation. Watch the storm briefing below.

"Bottom line is we could be talking about a winter storm that could last several days and impact a lot of people."

Mother Nature gave Montana a real one-two punch of cold weather yesterday, and forecasters say it's going to get even colder tonight. 

First, a blustery low-pressure system moved into the state yesterday afternoon. The winds died down and the skies cleared early this morning. That allowed those temperatures to plummet.

Gorgeous weather, right?!

Enjoy it now, because today's  National Weather Service weather discussion for western Montana includes this interesting nugget:

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July rain showers are rare, but welcome events in western Montana.

Many early-risers in our listening area awoke to just that this morning and weather forecasters say more of the same is coming.

National Weather Service meteorologist, Genki Kino, says this morning's rain was the first measurable precipitation in Missoula for this month. Nearly two-tenths of an inch of rain fell between 4:30 and 6-a.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist LeAnne Allegretto describes an incoming weather system as a potential "resetting" event; one that could - at least temporarily - give firefighters in parts of western Montana a much needed break.
       The technical term for this sort of wet, slow-moving weather event is a "cut-off low". Allegretto says thunderstorms will start to develop across central Idaho and southwest Montana.