Winter finally, mercifully came to an end at 3:58pm Wednesday afternoon. Spring is here, and although a thick blanket of snow may still be on the ground, the signs are out there. Snow is melting, albeit slowly. The Vernal Equinox means an equal amount of daylight and darkness across the globe. And over the last several days there have been multiple sightings of migratory birds flying north through Big Sky Country. Temperatures were colder in the valley locations once again, as inversions have trapped cold air and some pollution. However, it felt like spring in the mountains, the plains and some of the valleys west of the Continental Divide. Lincoln had a high of 60 while Helena only hit 39. Although temperatures were not even, equal sunshine poured down all over the state. Thursday will be another day full of sunshine and mild temperatures for most, with highs in the 40s and 50s. Friday, some clouds will increase as the first storm of spring has its sights set on Montana this weekend. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers and mountain snow showers late in the day. Sunday will be a snowy day for a lot of the state, a reminder that snow is still fairly common here in spring across Montana. Several inches will accumulate in the mountains with a few slushy inches potentially in the lower elevations. Travel over the mountain passes will be wintry Sunday, Sunday night and Monday morning. Temperatures will warm next Monday through Wednesday again, but another big spring snowstorm is looking likely for the end of next week.
Have a great day!