A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for higher ground in central Montana from Thursday evening through Saturday morning.

Yes, a WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued, but it’s still a few days away. Showers and isolated thunderstorms crossing the state Tuesday evening will continue through Wednesday morning. Wednesday will be a cooler day with a few isolated showers, thunderstorms and mountain snow in southern Montana. A few showers may approach Helena, but most of Helena, Great Falls and points north will be only partly to mostly cloudy. Highs will again dip to just below normal, into the 50s. On Thursday, another larger storm will move into western Montana later in the day. Rain showers and a few thunderstorms are likely overnight. It is the storm system that justified the WINTER STORM WATCH for altitudes of 5000′ and more. Snow levels will initially be quite high above 6000 feet but lower overnight to valley bottoms and some plains by Friday morning. Friday will be a wet, white day for many parts of the state. Some places like Helena and Great Falls could start with wet snow in the morning before snow levels increase in the afternoon. The mountains will continue to receive snow with sloppy travel on the mountain passes. The peaks will be cold in the 30’s and 40’s. 6″ up to 18″ of snow will accumulate in the mountains. This weekend will be mostly cloudy with a few rain showers in the lower elevations and snow showers in the mountains. Saturday will have a little more sunshine and less showers, but Sunday is looking pretty wet with snow levels around 5000′ once again. On the first Monday of May, a new storm will set in with rain and snow in the mountains. Again, snow levels could drop to valley bottoms and plains by Monday night into Tuesday. However, later in the week there could be a sharp rise in temperatures with highs in the 70s and 80s.

Have a nice day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist


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