Dry and Chilly

Posted at 6:02 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-04 11:34:12-05

A FLOOD ADVISORY will remain in effect until noon for the Jefferson River near three forks due to an ice jam.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Highway 2 Kalispell to Libby, Highway 37 Eureka to Libby, Highway 56 Bull Lake Road, and Highway 93 Eureka to Whitefish until Thursday morning.

High pressure will continue to settle in across the region, allowing for dry conditions and partly to mostly sunny skies. Areas of patchy fog could make for difficult travel if having to travel through Liberty and Hill Counties. A cold front will continue to work its way through the area, which will help keep today's high temperatures right on average. On another note, Billings is currently on track to having the 4th warmest December since 1934. Under clear skies, tonight's temperatures will again fall to the single digits in valley locations and teens everywhere else.

Tomorrow, the ridge of high pressure will begin to break down as a system moves in off the Pacific. The clouds and wind will increase. As of now, the National Weather Service has not issued any High Wind Watches, Warnings, or Advisories. The weather disturbance will bring a round of light to moderate snow along and near west of the Continental Divide, the mountains along the Idaho border, and mountain passes. The lower elevations in Northwest Montana could see between 1-3." If Traveling across; Lookout, Lolo, Kings Hill, and Marias Pass, prepare for snow-covered roads. Breezy westerly wind will keep north-central Montana mainly dry and contribute to hazardous driving conditions west of the Divide; blowing snow could reduce visibility at times, so please take it slow.

New Year's Eve, the temperatures will remain above average.

Friday, another ridge of high pressure will return to the area, and that will keep us dry and push the high temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

The first weekend of the New Year will be a windy and relatively warm one.

Happy Holidays.