A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for north-central Montana, including the Rocky Mountain Front, the hi-line as far east as Hill County, Helena, Great Falls, and Lewistown. Snowfall, extremely cold temperatures, and dangerous wind chills are coming this weekend. Additionally, a WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for the passes on the Continental Divide and counties west of the Divide. Snowfall accumulation will be heaviest along and west of the Continental Divide.
We’ve finally made it through February and on to the first day of meteorological Spring. The first “official” day of Spring isn’t until the 20th of March this year, meteorologists consider March 1st- May 31st to be the Spring season. Because the date varies from year to year, using these dates ensures that Spring climate data is measured during the same consistent timeframe. The more you know!
While we’re technically now in early meteorological Spring, we unfortunately won’t get any Spring weather for the next week. Today, a snowy cold front will push south through Montana, bringing heavy snow and wind. As the cold air settles in, temperatures will be extremely cold- potentially record-breaking. The snow will taper off by Saturday afternoon, and we’ll kick off next week with some sunshine, but the cold will settle in for a while. Temperatures will finally get back into the 20s and 30s by the end of next week.
Stay warm this weekend!
Meteorologist Katie Alexander