The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.
NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.
Ready or not, a massive winter storm is bearing down on Montana.
National Weather Service forecasters say a winter storm expected to hit western Montana before the New Year could bring up close to a foot of wet, heavy snow to many of western Montana’s valleys. The mountains could see double that.
Heavy snow is predicted for parts of western Montana this week and that could significantly impact travel plans.
This week’s weather forecast is complex and has a lot of moving pieces. Long story short: Some west-central Montana valleys could get close to a foot of snow by Friday. The mountains could get double that.
Very active weather is expected through Wednesday. Light snow is expected to spread into the region on Sunday and increase in intensity late Sunday in northwest Montana. The mountains of northwest Montana may see nearly continuous snow from Sunday through Wednesday with periods of moderate and heavy snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.