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Bison and snowcoaches share the road in Yellowstone National Park.
Courtesy National Park Service

Much of Montana is under winter weather advisories Friday and Saturday, and that means a lot of snow.

NOAA

This morning’s low temperature of 19-degrees in Missoula is the coldest since March 7.

And it’s only a harbinger of wintery weather to come says National Weather Service Meteorologist Trent Smith.

U.S. Winter Outlook for temperature and precipitation.
NOAA

Montana could be in for another colder and wetter-than-normal winter. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s winter outlook issued Thursday.

Nothing's written in stone at this point, but experts say it looks like La Niña could, like it did last year, influence Montana’s winter weather.

The current forecast is on track to keep temperatures well below normal, snow in the mountains, and rain for low elevation valleys through at least late September. It will be a good time to dust off those warm clothes and rain boots.
National Weather Service Missoula

The National Weather Service says the rain and snow western Montana is getting should continue through next week, and will potentially end this year’s fire season. The agency issued a winter storm warning for most of western Montana from 9 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday, anticipating a dramatic change to very cold, wet weather.

Meteorologist Jenn Kitsmiller expects that will clear out smoke from the region and slow down fire activity.

This was the second driest summer on record in Montana, but meteorologists say rain is finally on the way. 

Since July, the state has seen towns threatened by wildfires and choked with smoke, crops getting killed by drought and grass fires destroying rangeland. 

But a cold and rainy system entering Montana Thursday could put at least a temporary end to the suffering.

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