The deadly wildfires in California spread smoke over Big Sky Country today. Air quality even deteriorated to “moderate” in Dillon and Butte. A cold front sweeping through the state will sweep out the smoke, and usher in cooler air with snow showers. Scattered showers and snow showers above 5000′ will continue this evening. Tonight will be chilly, with lows in the 20s. A coating up to a couple inches of snow could accumulate in the mountains and on mountain passes. Thursday will be a blustery fall day with scattered snow showers. Highs will be in the 30s and 40s in western and central Montana, 50s east, and 20s and 30s in the mountains. Snow showers could briefly come down at a steady pace, coating roads and creating slippery conditions. West wind up to 30mph will create wind chills in the 20s and 30s. Friday, a wider area of snow is likely for western and central Montana. This could coat the ground in the lower elevations, and there is potential for up to 2″ in the valleys and plains. The mountains could see 2-6″ through Friday night into Saturday morning. Mountain passes again will be slippery Friday into Saturday morning. A few snow showers will linger Saturday morning, but the trend will be for clearing but blustery weather. Highs will only be in the 40s. Sunday will be a much sunnier and warmer day, with highs in the 50s and 60s. Most of next week should be beautiful fall weather with sunshine and above average temperatures.
Have a great day!