A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect into Wednesday morning for parts of western, southern and northeast Montana.
What a warm day! Highs reached the 50s and 60s, with a new record high of 60 in Glasgow. BUT, the groundhog saw its shadow and winter returns tonight. A cold front will move through the state with a mix of rain and snow showers becoming more snow through the overnight. Accumulation of 1-3" is likely in the mountains above 5000', but a heavy snow band could put down isolated amounts of 1-3" in the lower elevations. An area of rain and snow will move across the northern and central areas through the night, and out of eastern Montana in the morning. Wednesday will have areas of snow in the early morning followed by partial clearing. Scattered snow showers will move through the area in the afternoon. Highs will be in the 20s and 30s. Thursday will start with limited sunshine as clouds quickly increase. Snow will develop first in the mountains by the afternoon, with more snow developing across the lower elevations by evening. Areas of snow will move through the state into Friday morning. A few inches are likely. Another round of snow will increase through Friday evening and overnight. This snow will come with an arctic front that signals the arrival of very cold temperatures. Saturday's highs will likely be in the -0's and 0s. Skies will be mostly cloudy and there will be some areas of light snow. The farther north and east you go in the state, the colder it will be. Another front with snow and cold will move through on Sunday from north to south. Several more inches will accumulate and temperatures will drop once again later Sunday into Monday.
Prepare for cold and snow as harsh winter weather returns to Montana through this weekend. Colder air than normal and several more snow events are likely into the middle of February.
Have a good day.