Montana is beautiful, even in this tough winter

Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 20:52:16-05

This has been an especially harsh February, but Montana’s beauty is still evident every day.  This picture from Apgar Mountain above Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park still showed daylight at 6pm in the evening.  If this winter is wearing on you, there are signs of spring.  Longer hours of daylight are one sign.  Snow melting on the roads even though temperatures are well below freezing is a sign of a higher/stronger sun angle.  While Montana is not out of the winter woods yet, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.  March 5th, set it down on the calendar, as a date when I believe the weather pattern will break, unlocking the cold air in place and allowing warmer air to move in.  In the meantime, get ready for more snow.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues into Thursday for an additional coating up to an inch of snow.  Thursday will be colder with highs in the 0s and 10s.  After a few morning snow showers, partly cloudy skies will develop through the afternoon.  Thursday night will be very cold with much of the state dropping below 0 again.  Friday will be a warmer and windy day.  Highs will climb into the 20s but southwest wind will pick up to around 40mph.  Blowing snow will be an issue east of the Rocky Mountain Front and the Continental Divide.  This weekend will start off quiet, but areas of snow will increase on Saturday.  At the same time, another surge of colder air will move back into the state.  After highs in the 20s on Saturday, Sunday will be dangerously cold with highs below 0 in some areas.  Snow will continue Sunday into Monday.  In fact, a significant amount of snow (6-12″) is possible by the end of February next Thursday.  Very cold air will round out the month of February as well.  Keep that March 5th date in mind…

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist