14 hours 15 minutes ago
High pressure to build over Montana this weekend and with it a dry and warm weather pattern. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 60's Saturday through Monday. There will be numerous storms systems surrounding Montana this weekend but they are either digging below the state or lifting up and over into Canada. Gusty winds will develop both Saturday and Sunday across the state. Looking into next week's weather pattern a robust pacific storm will begin to move into the state on Tuesday morning. Details are still sketchy at best on storm track placement, timing and intensity but there is potential for periods of moderate to heavy rainfall across the state. Snow levels will be very high Monday into Wednesday, around 7,000' - 9,000' feet. Snow levels are likely to fall down to 5,000' feet by Thursday. This means rain is likely down in the valley floor and possibly over the mountains. Combined with above normal temperatures early next week followed by rain on top of melting snow could lead to a surge of rapid snowmelt by the second half of next week. Smaller streams and creeks could be looking at flooding issues and larger rivers will begin to run strong. Again this event is still far out in time and conditions could change but for now I would prepare for possible flooding along streams, creeks and high water on area rivers next week. Watch my on demand video forecast for updates on the short term forecast and be sure to watch my complete forecast tonight at 5:30pm and 10pm on KXLF.