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Post-Thanksgiving Travel Will Get Tricky With Snow

Posted at 6:44 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 20:44:15-05

Almost Happy Thanksgiving!
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for areas west of the Continental Divide for Friday into Saturday. A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountains for Friday into Saturday as well. After another sunny and mild day for most of Montana, it’s hard to believe widespread snow is on the way. Thanksgiving will be relatively quiet with partly to mostly cloudy skies, and a few snow showers in the western mountains. Highs will be in the 40s to around 50. If you are driving into Idaho either via I-90 or I-15, there will be snow in our neighboring state. Thanksgiving night, there will be snow showers moving through western and central Montana. The mountain passes could accumulate a couple inches, with a coating possible in the lower elevations into Friday morning. Friday will be a blustery day in between storms. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s. West wind could gust up to 30mph through the morning. Later in the evening, clouds will increase as the next storm moves through with snow. Snow will be widespread through Friday night into Saturday. This is when the bulk of the snow accumulation will be. Snow showers will taper off later Saturday. Sunday will be a “cleaner” day, but a few snow showers are possible over the mountain passes for travelers that day. Highs over the weekend will be in the 20s and 30s, with 10s in the higher mountain locations. Monday will be partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures warming back up into the 40s and 50s. Another storm will move in for Tuesday and Wednesday, affecting areas west of the Divide more.
Have a great day!
Curtis Grevenitz