A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for central Montana to areas east and along the Continental Divide.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for the Hi-Line of northern Montana and most of southern Montana.
A big spring snowstorm will hit this weekend but clear in time for some nice sunshine on Easter Sunday. A cold front will move southward through the state changing rain to snow by Saturday morning. Because precipitation will starts as rain with the mild temperatures, ice will develop under the snow as temperatures drop. Saturday will be a snowy day across most of the state with wind and much colder temperatures. Travel will be difficult as snow will stick on roads and make for very slick conditions. The snow will gradually taper off late in the evening, but not before several inches up to a foot accumulates. Clouds will break up allowing temperatures to get very cold Saturday night into early Easter Sunday. While there will be a mix of clouds and sun on Easter, there will also be a few afternoon snow showers and continued cold temperatures. Fortunately it should be a pretty day with fresh snow on the ground and sunshine. Early next week will remain chilly with snow showers and a chance for a little light accumulation.