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Montana drought status by county, May 1, 2017.
Montana DNRC

Drought is not expected to be a major factor this year in Montana.

Here’s something Montanans don’t frequently hear this time of year:

“It’s very unusual for most of Montana to be as wet as it is at this point," says National Weather Service Meteorologist Bruce Bauck.

Expected gust speeds during the afternoon hours for May 24, 2017. These values are simply representative of overall gust speeds for each area.
National Weather Service, Missoula, MT.

Be prepared for strong gusts, tree damage, and possible hazardous driving conditions in western Montana Wednesday.

May Snowstorm Causes Problems In Western Montana

May 17, 2017
A storm system moving across western and southwestern Montana on Wednesday brought snow to the higher elevations along the Rocky Mountain Front and heavy rain at lower elevations.
Josh Burnham

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A May snowstorm caused power outages and travel issues in western Montana on Wednesday.

The Department of Transportation closed Interstate 90 over Homestake Pass east of Butte due to jackknifed semi-trailers and poor travel conditions due to heavy, wet snow. Travelers were encouraged to take alternate routes.

National Weather Service, Missoula, MT.
Josh Burnham

"It was a pretty impressive winter," says Trent Smith from the National Weather Service. "Kalispell and Missoula had some of the coldest average mean temperatures since the late 1970's. And then we ... got a significant amount of snow over this winter. And now that we've transitioned here these past few weeks we're really looking at the flooding issues."

Listen now as Smith recaps the weather highlights from this winter and gives a preview of what's in store for western Montana as we transition from winter to spring.

Update 2/10 7:00 a.m.: Both lanes of I-90 between St. Regis and Lookout pass have reopened. Standing water on highways across western Montana. Drive carefully!

Update 9:20 p.m.:  The Montana Department of Transportation is reporting that the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 are now open between St. Regis and Lookout pass. The eastbound lane remains closed due to standing water on the road. Heavy rain and melting snow continue to accumulate on the road. Find the latest road closures and conditions from the Montana Department of Transportation.

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Western Montana’s in for yet another round of winter weather, including heavy snow, rain and even some more freezing rain.
National Weather Service Missoula

Western Montana’s in for yet another round of winter weather, including heavy snow, rain and even some more freezing rain. National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Booth says this latest storm is moving into the region this afternoon.

Snow will once again return to the area Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning across central Idaho and from the Mission Valley southward across western Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

National Weather Service meteorologists warned us about a big winter event and boy were they right. As promised, a gigantic winter storm barreled headlong into northwest Montana and left a ton of snow in its wake:

Be prepared for significant heavy snow impacts across NW Montana Monday.
National Weather Service Missoula

Get ready Montana, "significant, heavy snow" and the potential for blizzard conditions are descending on a large area of northwest Montana today, according to the National Weather Service in Missoula:

Starting Monday night, a weather system will bring periods of moderate to heavy snow across western Montana and central Idaho.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, as well as the Seeley-Swan and Lower Clark Fork regions beginning at 11:00 p.m. tonight.

Strong winds, snow, and extreme cold temperatures are forcast for western Montana this weekend.
National Weather Service Missoula

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for the extreme cold temperatures coming next week.

It’s now saying to expect higher wind speeds, mainly from Butte to Missoula Sunday morning, and now says those high winds can be expected to last into Tuesday morning.

A winter storm system could bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures across western Montana on Sunday.
National Weather Service Missoula

A winter storm system could bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures across western Montana on Sunday.

The storm could produce 2 to 4 inches of snow in the valleys and higher amounts in the mountains. But the real danger is a blast of very cold arctic air.

Widespread valley snow is possible late Friday into Saturday (Christmas Eve). Roads will generally be slick across all of western Montana and central Idaho during this timeframe, which could make for difficult holiday travel.
National Weather Service Missoula

An incoming weather system is expected to bring some fresh snow into Montana this long holiday weekend.

Missoula National Weather Service meteorologist Marty Whitmore says it will push through in a couple of different surges:

There were nearly 500 automobile crashes across the state this weekend as a cold front blasted the region, according to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Marty Whitmore is the warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

With the first big winter storm of the season headed to western Montana, Marty Whitmore, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Missoula joins Michael Marsolek to talk weather. Whitmore previews the incoming storm, explains what those weather zones (pictured above) mean , and talks about why western Montana is one of the most challenging places to forecast in the country.

Winter Storm Headed To Western Montana

Dec 1, 2016
National Weather Service headquarters in Missoula, Montana.
Josh Burnham

There’s a winter storm headed towards western Montana, and it’s expected to begin with a cold front Saturday night.

The National Weather Service is predicting freezing temperatures in western Montana Tuesday.
National Weather Service

Western Montana crops are vulnerable to potential freeze damage tonight.

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For August 1, 2016

Aug 1, 2016
Roaring Lion Fire hours after it blew up on July 31, 2016.
Inciweb

The latest news on wildfires around western Montana.

More showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening in NW Montana. The potential for further runoff exists in and around Glacier National Park.
National Weather Service Missoula

  Flood waters are receding in some parts of northwest Montana. Snowmelt, however, continues to create problems in other areas.

Steady rain will continue for much of northwest Montana today. Many locations have already seen significant rainfall in the past 36 hours, with common amounts in the 2-3 inch range.
National Weather Service Missoula

Persistent rainfall is creating flooding headaches in northwest Montana. A washed-out culvert just north of Apgar closed a portion of Going-To-The-Sun Road early Monday. That was just one of several heavy rain-related problems reported in northwest Montana.

Regional impacts of La Niña.
NOAA/National Weather Service

Something’s brewing in the Pacific Ocean that could significantly affect Montana later this year. Edward O’Brien explains:

Freezing rain could create dangerous driving conditions Friday morning in parts of western Montana.
National Weather Service, Missoula, MT.

Freezing rain could create dangerous driving conditions Friday morning in parts of western Montana. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Kitzmiller says light to moderate snow will move in later tonight bringing another 1 to 2 inches to many valleys.

Widespread Valley Snow Headed To Western Montana

Dec 15, 2015
National Weather Service, Missoula, MT

A weather system moving south out of Canada will bring widespread valley and mountain snow to western Montana starting late tonight and lasting through the day Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service Missoula. The timing of the heaviest snow impacts is depicted in this image. Generally 2-5” of snow are expected for valley locations, with 4-6” of snow in the mountains and over mountain passes. Those with travel plans should expected widespread stretches of slick/snow covered roadways.

Wind, Flooding Problems Across Western Montana

Dec 9, 2015
National Weather Service Missoula, MT

Severe wind and flooding was reported from all across the western parts of the state today. Helena seemed to be hit the hardest with wind.

Rainy, Windy Week Ahead For Western Montana

Dec 7, 2015
Rainy Week Ahead
National Weather Service Missoula, MT

Via National Weather Service Missoula, MT: A steady stream of precipitation will punch into the Northern Rockies through the day Wednesday, causing moderate to heavy rainfall to impact north central Idaho and western Montana. Several inches of rain will accumulate during this time, causing various impacts:

The first significant Arctic front of the season will bring accumulating snow for most valleys and mountains across western Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

The season’s first widespread winter weather pushes into Montana from Canada on Tuesday and it could create some dicey travel conditions.

Thanksgiving week travel forecast
National Weather Service Missoula Montana

An Arctic system moving through the state could impact holiday travelers, especially on mountain passes. The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow, high winds, and subzero temperatures in parts of Montana and Idaho this week.

Wintertime El Niño Pattern
NOAAClimate.gov

As we reported yesterday, this winter may be warmer and drier than normal in Montana. Experts base their predictions on El Niño, that band of warmer-than-normal ocean water in the Equatorial Pacific. Exactly how dry and warm could it be?

El Niño Could Expand Drought To Eastern Montana

Oct 15, 2015
Seasonal drought outlook
NOAA

The continuing warm, dry conditions that have already extended the fire season are expected to last through the winter, forecasters say.

Gina Loss of the National Weather Service said today that an El Niño system is strengthening, increasing the likelihood of warmer winter temperatures, drier conditions, and possible expansion of the state’s drought to central Montana.

Enjoy the beautiful weekend, colder weather is on the way.
National Weather Service Missoula

By all accounts it should be gorgeous late-summer weather this weekend, but a major change is just around the corner.

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