A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for central and northern Montana from Tuesday night into Thanksgiving day.
Stormy, wintry weather will take over much of Montana and a lot of the Continental United States through Thanksgiving into the holiday weekend. Just when many people are about to hit the road or the air, the weather is taking a turn for the worse. A series of storms will move into the western United States that will affect Montana with cold and snow. Scattered snow showers will continue over the western and central parts of Montana through Tuesday. Accumulation will be light and the roads will only have limited slippery areas of snow and ice. Temperatures are going downhill and highs will likely stay below the freezing point on Tuesday, so any snow will stick to the ground. The real accumulating snow won't start until Wednesday with a surge of moisture increasing through Montana. Light snow will spread through much of the state by the afternoon and evening. Travel conditions will get worse later in the day/evening. Snow will continue through Wednesday night into Thanksgiving Day. Much of Montana will have snow accumulating a few inches at least. Wind will reduce visibility and create near blizzard conditions at times. Additionally the temperatures will be getting colder and colder with highs only in the 10s for much of the state on Thanksgiving. Wind chills will drop below zero. Snow will taper off later on Thanksgiving but another round of snow is possible Friday into Saturday. A large low pressure will move out of the central Rockies and into the northern Plains with snow backing its way into eastern Montana. Snow could be very heavy with wind on Saturday and Sunday in far eastern Montana. Meanwhile, the central and western areas of the state will clear out with better travel conditions.
Have a great day.