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.

Snowy Veterans Day Forecast For Western Montana

Nov 10, 2015
Snow is headed to western Montana
National Weather Service, Missoula

Snow is forecast for western Montana this week, with the chance of icy roads and low visibility. According to the National Weather Service, Missoula:

Wintertime El Niño Pattern

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

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.

More wet weather is on the way to western Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

Rainy and cool weather is pushing its way across the state of Montana and the National Weather Service says it's going to stick around for a while. Is the wildfire season-ending event we've long hoped for?

Lightning Photo: Courtesy of NOAA
Courtesy of NOAA

August was a stormy month at Montana Public Radio. On the evening of August 10, when Missoula experienced a remarkable thunderstorm with hurricane level winds, the MTPR team was all hands on deck keeping the station on air. Then 11 days later, a lightning storm crashed both the primary and backup transmitters for Missoula’s 89.1 frequency, and one intrepid engineer had a harrowing night on the mountain.

Air quality is poor across Montana due to wildfires burning in the western U.S.
Montana DEQ

Smoke levels across most of Montana spiked today, with air quality readings reaching "Very Unhealthy" in several locations, including Missoula, Great Falls, and the Flathead Valley; and reaching the highest warning level, "Hazardous" in Hamilton.

Meteorologist Kristen Martin with Montana Department of Environmental Quality says the smoke could get even worse before it starts to get better over the weekend.

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The entire Northern Rockies will feel both immediate and long-term impacts of a powerful cold front moving into the region this weekend.

Meteorologist Genki Keno with the National Weather Service office in Missoula says the system hits western Montana Saturday afternoon. It packs sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles-per-hour with gusts of up to 40 miles-per-hour.