Serenity Now, Serenity Now…

Posted at 6:07 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 20:27:26-05

…Snow later.  Likely the biggest, snowiest storm of winter looms for late this weekend into next week.  In the meantime, enjoy the relative calm before the storm.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for areas off of the Rocky Mountain Front for blowing snow on Friday.  A WIND CHILL ADVISORY is in effect for northeast Montana for dangerously cold wind chills down to -30.  Even though blowing snow and nasty wind chills will hit parts of the state Friday, the weather goes downhill after.  The weekend starts off quiet with some sunshine and relative mild highs for Saturday in the 10s and 20s.  Later in the day Saturday, snow will increase over western and central areas.  Another arctic cold front will come down bringing falling temperatures late in the day.  Sunday, snow will spread across much of western and central Montana with highs only in the -0s to 0s.  Snow will be heavier in the southwest part of the state from the Capital to Butte and Bozeman.  Snow will move northeast through the day.  Beginning Sunday a very cold and snowy stretch will continue through most of next week.  Although still days away, this storm is looking very likely.  Persistent snow will really add up over the course of several days, and by Wednesday much of the state could have approximately 6-12″ with heavier amounts up to 16″ in the lower elevations.  The mountains could see upwards of 24″ by the middle of next week.  Significant snow and dangerous cold will make for a very tough stretch of weather here in Montana.

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist