A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for most of the state until Monday.
Today the clouds will increase, and the high temperatures will cool to the 50s and low 60s. The wind will blow comfortably, and a wintry mix will fall in portions of northwest Montana.
Tomorrow until late evening will be the calm before the storm; the highs will top out in the 40s and 50s. Overcast skies will stay with us throughout the day, and a mix of rain/snow will fall; next, the temperatures will drop below freezing, and rain showers will transition into snow. The snow will fall heavy at times through the overnight hours into Sunday.
Sunday, the snow will be widespread. The Rocky Mountain Front could see between 1-2 FEET, and the plains of north-central Montana could get between 10-24." The high temperatures for a large portion of the state will stay below freezing. The wind is expected to pick up, and when factoring in the falling snow, road conditions will be hazardous. Blowing and drifting snow will reduce visibility, and at times white-out conditions will be likely. Travel is not recommended.
Monday morning, the snow is expected to move out, and frigid temperatures will stick around.
Please use today and tomorrow to prepare for the storm, and make sure your vehicle is equipped with a winter survival kit.
Have a great weekend.