A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for the higher terrain of central and western Montana for significant snow accumulation generally above 5,500' into Sunday.
Weekend weather will be a little sloppy, especially the farther west and southwest you get through Montana. Low pressure will produce a mix of rain and snow in the lower elevations and snow in the mountains. The mountains of western and southwest Montana will have upward of 12-14". If you plan on traveling over mountain passes, conditions will worsen through Saturday into Sunday as snow accumulates on the road surfaces. By Sunday morning a light accumulation of a coating up to a couple inches is possible in the lower elevations around Great Falls and Helena out to Lewistown. Central and eastern Montana will have less wet weather, more sunshine and warmer temperatures through the weekend. Conditions will improve Sunday as the snow moves out. Highs both days will only be in the 30s and 40s in the lower elevations of central and western Montana, 20s and 30s in the mountains. Monday will be a little messy in the western part of the state with areas of snow near and west of the Continental Divide. By afternoon, snow levels will start to rise as warmer air moves in. Tuesday warmer air will push temperatures up into the 50s for much of the state with wind and scattered showers. Another sharp cold front will follow Tuesday night into Wednesday with crashing temperatures, increased wind and snow flying throughout the state.
Have a great weekend!