There is light at the end of the tunnel. A decent snow event that moved through Montana on Wednesday is likely the last significant snow of winter, with spring a week away. There will be snow in spring, but this record breaking winter is nearly over officially. The next week will be fairly quiet with more sunshine and warming temperatures, as winter goes out on a quiet note. Watch out early on Thursday morning for icy spots after some of the new snow has melted, refreezing overnight. Thursday will be a breezy and cool day, but skies will be sunny. Highs will be below average in the 30s. Generally sunny skies will continue for Friday and Saturday as temperatures slowly increase. Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and a small disturbance will move through with a few isolated snow showers. Otherwise, the entire weekend will be quiet. Next week will be sunny with warming temperatures. Inversions because of the snowpack will keep valley locations somewhat cooler, but a slow warmup is exactly what is needed with this much snow on the ground. If there was a rapid warmup, flooding could become imminent. Already, even with a slow rise in temperatures, flooding will have to be watched for the next few months. The first day of spring in next Wednesday, officially beginning at 3:58pm. It should be a very nice day.
Have a great day.