A short lived break in the weather today for Montana with warming temperatures but that all comes to a quick end as the first of two storms hits SW Montana tonight followed by a stronger storm Thursday.
Watch the above on demand STORMTracker video forecast for a detailed look at the timing, location and intensity of rain or snow and travel impacts to hit SW Montana Wednesday through Friday with Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Increasing valley rain and mountain snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning
- 2nd storm to begin to increase moisture by Wednesday night
- Snow levels around 6,500′ Wednesday will fall to valley floor by Friday morning
- Wintry travel concerns for Thursday morning and Friday morning
BOZEMAN: Low: 35, High: 51. Showers increasing tonight with a cold front along with gusty winds. Brief break in the weather Wednesday before a second front hits Wednesday night into Thursday. West Winds to 15 mph.
BUTTE: Low: 31, High: 49. Rain likely early tonight but could change to snow overnight with little to no accumulations likely. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a few rain or snow showers but increasing moisture is likely to develop by Wednesday evening and snow levels fall to 5,500′ Wednesday night and down to valley floor by Thursday night. Look for strong winds on Thursday.
DILLON: Low: 34, High: 52. Mostly cloudy with scattered valley rain and mountain tonight into Wednesday morning. Gusty winds at times as a cold front passes through the region.
WEST YELLOWSTONE: Low: 30, High: 44. Cloudy with rain changing to snow overnight. Snow accumulations should be light but wet roads could be icy early Wednesday morning.
NEXT WEATHER MAKER THURSDAY-FRIDAY: A second and strong pacific storm to hit SW Montana Thursday into Friday morning. Snow levels will start out fairly high at 6,500′ Wednesday night but could fall down to the valley floor by Thursday night & Friday morning. Accumulations are likely to be heaviest over mountains and passes but there could be minor to moderate snow accumulations for most valleys by Friday morning. Travel concerns will develop for your Thursday morning and Friday morning commutes.