Rainfall Brings Flood Warnings, Road Closures To Northwest Montana
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.
Freezing Rain, Dangerous Travel Conditions Forecast For Friday
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.
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.
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:
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.
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?