National Weather Service

Drought Is Montana's Top Weather Event For 2017

Jan 4, 2018

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.

Northwestern Energy

Ready or not, a massive winter storm is bearing down on Montana.

A precipitation map as of December 26, 2017
Natural Resources Conservation Service / US Department of Agriculture

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.

Be prepared for difficult travel conditions as roads become slick and visibility is reduced.
National Weather Service Missoula

The first part of this week’s wintery weather forecast brought record snowfall to parts of northwest Montana. Round two starts late Thursday night.

This time, west-central Montana is expected to bear the brunt of this new incoming weather system.

Active Weather Expected Across Northwest Montana This Week

Dec 18, 2017
Very active weather is expected through Wednesday.
National Weather Service Missoula

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.