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Snow Cover Shrinking as Christmas Approaches

Posted at 6:21 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 20:54:24-05

A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for northwest Montana for Thursday into Friday.
A HIGH WIND WARNING remains in effect for the Livingston to Big Timber area.

Dreaming of a White Christmas? It may have to be a dream for some folks. Ironically as Montana heads into the official beginning of winter, a warmup will melt some of the snow on the ground leading to a "brown" Christmas for some. A Pacific pattern will result in heavier rain and snow in the northwest corner of Montana, but little to no precipitation will spread east of the Continental Divide through the weekend. A downsloping pattern east of the Divide will result in warming temperatures and a continuation of pesky wind. Some of the valley locations will have inversions resulting in pockets of cold air and calm conditions. Besides some wind and clouds, the rest of the week will be fairly quiet. The first day of winter is this Saturday, and highs will be mild in the 40s and low 50s. Temperatures will cool down slightly into the start of next week. There is a slight chance for light snow on Christmas Eve next Tuesday but there are no major snowstorms on the horizon. At the moment, Christmas Day looks pleasant with highs in the 20s and 30s under partly cloudy skies.

Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz