This morning, a light snow event across western Montana and along the I-15 corridor is moving Southeast across the state.  This will likely only result in trace accumulations. Valley locations in western Montana remain inverted as high pressure is still situated over the western United States.  The Helena Valley’s air quality currently at the Unhealthy level.  The Montana Department of Environmental Quality recommends avoiding being outside as much as possible and to avoid all outdoor strenuous exercise. Air quality values in many other areas are Moderate at the moment.  Low air quality and cold temperatures will continue through the week until the high pressure gets pushed out this weekend.  Meanwhile, chinook winds are keeping locations on the prairies much warmer than down in the valleys.  This weekend, some snow will move in, pushing out the high pressure and helping to clear out the inversions.  Saturday, it may start out as a mixture of rain and snow, but Sunday we’ll see some snow flurries.  Accumulation will likely be just a light dusting, with the potential for more up in the mountains.

Have a great day!

Katie Alexander

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A proud graduate of the University of Missouri, Katie chose to major in meteorology when a severe winter storm hit her college town, canceling class for almost a week. She was taking an introductory meteorology course and was fascinated learning how and why the storm came through. After college, Katie moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English for a year, enjoying the mild Mediterranean climate. However, Katie is no stranger to severe weather. Growing up in St. Louis, she has seen everything from flash flooding and funnel clouds to extreme thunderstorms and even thundersnow! But even with all of this experience, nothing could prepare her for winter in Montana. Despite the harsh winter, Katie is excited to forecast and learn about mountain weather patterns, and to live in a state with such fantastic mountains and top-notch stargazing. Katie is the meteorologist on Daybreak, every morning at 6.