Snow in the Mountains, Rain on Wildfires

Posted at 6:22 PM, Aug 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 20:37:57-04

It did not look or feel like summer Monday as a cold storm struck the state with rain and mountain snow.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for the Little Belt Mountains and the Beartooth/Absorkee Mountains tonight.  Chilly rain and higher elevation snow will gradually wind down through the early morning hours on Tuesday.  Overnight lows will be in the 20s and 30s, quite chilly with areas of frost possible.  Tuesday will be mostly sunny with highs in the 60s to around 70, and no snow.  Warmer weather returns on Wednesday as highs go back into the 70s and 80s with increasing fire danger as the wind picks up to around 20mph out of the west.  Monday’s storm produced significant rain and snow on most of Montana’s wildfires, but the fire season is not over with yet.  Several days of temperatures in the 70s and 80s with wind will continue late this week and through Labor Day Weekend.  It has been a very dry summer and fire danger will continue until consistent rain, cooler temperatures and mountain snow move in.

Curtis Grevenitz