The weather was simply beautiful through the weekend into the start of the workweek. However, all good things must come to an end. Montana and much of the Rockies will return to a stormy spring pattern later this week through this weekend. Significant amounts of rain are likely through the weekend, and snow levels will have to be watched as well. By Friday, snow levels could drop below mountain pass level. Some flakes could even fly in some of the higher elevations around some of Montana’s cities. Before it gets messy, Tuesday will be another warm and pleasant day for the most part. Highs will be in the 70s to around 80 once again, but isolated thunderstorms will pop in the afternoon and evening near the Continental Divide. Wednesday will start out with a little sunshine before clouds increase over much of the state. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop through Wednesday afternoon and evening. Thursday will have more clouds than sun and areas of rain will move through western and central parts of the state. A bigger area of low pressure will produce widespread rain and mountain snow on Friday. With the precipitation, temperatures will be much cooler than normal. Snow levels could drop down below 5000′ Friday evening into Saturday morning. Rainfall amounts into the weekend could exceed 1.00″ in some places, with significant snow in the mountains. This weekend will start off rainy and snowy on Saturday morning, but some clearing is possible later Saturday as the storm moves out. Another storm will be right on its heels on Sunday, with rain and mountain snow moving back in late in the day. Rain and falling snow levels with this next storm will continue into the start of next week. Flooding will need to be watched through the end of May as wet storms combined with mountain snowmelt will lead to a lot of water.
Have a good day!