Soaking Rain and Sloppy Snow Spreading Through Big Sky Country

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 20:44:44-04

A WINTER STORM WARNING continues for elevations above 5000′ on the Rocky Mountain Front, along the Continental Divide, and through the central and southern mountains of Montana.  A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY continues for southcentral and southwest Montana.  An AREAL FLOOD ADVISORY continues for Meagher County.

There’s a lot going on in the state.  Besides the weather, a 4.4 Magnitude earthquake struck just north of Lima around 12:30pm.  Some minor flooding has been reported in Meagher County and off the Rocky Mountain Front.  Between 0.50-1.50″ of rain has fallen since Monday.  Heavy rain and higher elevation snow will continue this evening.  Areas that had dry weather during the day will see rain and snow moving back in.  Snow levels will be dropping for western and central Montana overnight.  Some areas that have been experiencing heavy snow like the Rocky Mountain Front will see several slushy inches accumulate overnight.   Wednesday morning will be fairly snowy from Lewistown to Great Falls to the Capitol.  Mountain passes will have difficult travel and reduced visibility because of the snow.  Lower elevations may have a slushy buildup on the roads making some slippery spots, but warmer road surface temperatures will limit the accumulation.  Snow will gradually taper off through the day, and by afternoon most of the state will be mostly cloudy.  Mixed rain and snow showers will move back through the state Wednesday night and Thursday continuing the active weather.  While the mountains may see an additional accumulation on Thursday, the lower elevations will only see showers that wet the ground.  Friday will have a little more sunshine, but mixed rain/snow showers will develop in the afternoon again.  This weekend will start out decent with partly cloudy skies on Saturday, but wind and a few mountain showers will increase by the afternoon.  Sunday will have a stronger front move through the state with a burst of rain, snow and wind.  Another storm is likely to bring a mix of rain and snow next week.  April is one of the wetter months of the year, but this month is setting up to have above average precipitation.

Have a nice day.

Curtis Grevenitz

Chief Meteorologist