A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for portions of north-central, central, southwest, & west-central Montana from today until tomorrow night.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for most of Montana until 10 am.
A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for parts of central and western Montana for Tomorrow into Saturday evening.
Today will feel a lot like winter. The wake-up temperatures for most areas are either below zero or in the single digits. Freezing fog could make for difficult travel in portions of central and northcentral Montana. Aside from morning cold temperatures and freezing fog, the day will start fairly quiet. But by early afternoon, clouds will start to build, and another round of snow will work its way into the state. The snow will come down heavy and will accumulate fast. The highs will stay in the 20s and 30s, and tonight lows will drop below freezing.
Tomorrow, the entire state will wake up to snow and overcast skies. The snow will be widespread, and breezy conditions will make for blowing and drifting snow that can reduce visibility. Most areas in central and northcentral Montana could get between 7-12" of snow. Cold air will rush in behind the upcoming snow, allowing for the overnight temperatures to drop below zero. Record cold highs and lows are possible. The highs will reach the teens and 20s, and again the lows will fall below zero.
Sunday, a ridge of high pressure will bring the Sun, but since there still will be snow on the ground, the Sun's energy will be used to melt the snow instead of heating the ground. The highs will only reach the teens, and it's not until mid-week next week that the temperatures return to the 40s.
Please remember if having to travel, ensure your car has an emergency kit inside, dress in layers, and limit your time outdoors.
Have a great weekend.