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Stormy Weekend Forecast For Butte & SW Montana

Posted at 1:45 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 15:45:52-04

Wintry storm Friday is weakening and will be ending by late afternoon Friday.

We are not done yet with this active pattern. Heading into the weekend a strong pacific storm will bring more harsh weather to the state. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Watch for re-freezing tonight on area roadways
  • Saturday morning will be the calm before the storm
  • Late Saturday morning a Warm Front will push into Western Montana
  • Saturday evening a cold front will roll in from the West
  • Look for increasing rain, snow and a few isolated thunderstorms
  • Surface winds will be very strong in the afternoon and evening with gusts to 50+ mph
  • Check the STORMTracker Travel Watch Page before hitting the road: Click Here

The above on demand STORMTracker video will walk you through the forecast hour by hour this weekend ad impacts to Bozeman and SW Montana with Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard.


Micro Climates Next 24 Hours:

BOZEMAN: Low: 30, High: 39. Clearing late Friday night and cold by Saturday morning. Increasing rain by late morning and a few isolated thunderstorms possible by late afternoon. Snow levels Saturday 7,000′. Rain or snow is likely Saturday night into Sunday and snow levels lowering to 6,000′. Watch for gusty winds around isolated thunderstorms and with a cold front late Saturday with gusts 30+ mph. 

BUTTE: Low: 24, High: 50. Mostly cloudy tonight. Increasing rain or snow by morning and scattered rain likely throughout the day with an isolated rumble of thunder. A rain/snow mix is possible Saturday night into Sunday. Surface winds will be increasing 20 to 40 mph and peak gusts to 50 mph are possible Saturday afternoon and evening.

DILLON: Low: 28, High: 53. Increasing clouds and showers by late Saturday morning. Mountains could see 3"+ of snow and look for surface wind gusts 30+ mph by afternoon. Rain or snow is likely Saturday night into Sunday.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: Low: 29, High: 44. Mostly cloudy this weekend with scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and rain changing to snow is likely Saturday night into Sunday. Stronger surface winds are likely Saturday afternoon and evening with gusts 30+ mph.

WEEKEND WEATHER PATTERN: For SW Montana this will be a stormy weekend. A powerful pacific storm with a warm front arriving late Saturday morning and that will be followed up by a strong cold front heading into Saturday evening. Most valleys should see rain but it could mix with snow Saturday evening. Mountains and passes will likely see snow accumulations Saturday night into Sunday and could impact travel.