Over the weekend, the State received a Taste of Winter.

Posted at 9:08 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 12:49:45-04

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will remain in effect until noon today for additional snow accumulations in portions of central and north-central Montana.

The weekend snow piled up and accumulated in the lower elevations as well as, the higher elevations. Eleven miles west of Helena got up to 10' of snow, and Great Falls beat a record for single-day snowfall total on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday, 8.4' of snow fell in Great Falls, beating an old record set back in 1975 for getting 6.6' of snowfall for a single day. Today areas in western Montana, visibility will be limited due to areas of patchy freezing fog throughout the morning. A combination of freezing rain and snow will impact portions of central and northcentral Montana. Snow showers will transition into rain as the high temperature reach the 40s and 50s. The highs will stay in the 30s for eastern Montana. Tonight a weak cold front will pass and bring snow showers to areas along the divide and over the Little Belt Mountains. Wet roads and cold temperatures could lead to a flash freeze on road surfaces, so it's always good to remember to give yourself enough time to leave. Roads, bridges, and passes will be extremely slippery, so if traveling, take it slow or just don't go.

Tomorrow morning, a few locations in western and central Montana will wake up to light showers. The showers will taper off, and by the afternoon, the state will be dry with partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow will be the warmest day of the week. The highs will climb to the upper 40s and low 50s, eastern Montana temperatures will struggle to reach the 40s.

Wednesday, another fast-moving system will move through the region and bring widespread snow and much colder temperatures. The lower elevations could get up to 5' of snow.

Thursday, a colder airmass will drop the temperatures down to the teens and 20s.

The workweek will end with more snow, cloudy skies, and cold temperatures.

This weekend, possibly record-breaking cold could be heading our way. The highs will only reach the 20s, and the lows will drop down to the single digits.

Have a great day.