While sloppy rain and snow are currently moving through Montana, MAJOR changes and record warmth are likely for Thanksgiving.  Snow levels are dropping to the plains and valleys this evening, as temperatures drop below the freezing point.  The mountain passes will likely pick up a few inches of snow, and the lower elevations will pick up a coating up to a couple inches.  Because the precipitation started as rain and wet snow, many roads and other surfaces could ice up and become very slippery with the falling temperatures.  Northcentral Montana will dip into the 0s and 10s, while the Capital down to Bozeman will fall into the upper 20s.  Travelers tonight and Tuesday morning should expect slippery conditions and leave extra time for travel.  A better idea might be to leave a little later on Tuesday because warmer air is moving toward Montana.  By Tuesday afternoon, most of western and central Montana will warm into the 40s.  Northeast Montana will hold onto the 20s through Tuesday night and warm above freezing on Wednesday.  Wednesday will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 50s.  Southwest winds will pick up to between 20-40mph across the plains.  Thanksgiving will have near record high temperatures in the 60s.  Skies will be partly to mostly sunny.  The one negative will be very strong wind through most of the state, so don’t let the “bird” fly away.  Thanksgiving night, a cold front will bring some rain and mountain snow that should move out by Friday morning.  Friday will be partly cloudy and slightly cooler with highs in the 40s and 50s.  The rest of the holiday weekend will be mild and dry.  Highs Saturday and Sunday will once again be in the 50s to around 60.  A return to more normal weather is likely toward the beginning of December.

Have a great day!

Curtis Grevenitz