BUTTE – Another extremely cold start to the day across Montana with morning lows falling into the teens, 20s and even 30s below zero. Butte was very close to their record low this morning.
Average temperatures across Montana for February month to date are shocking. There is a very good likelihood that we will end up in the top 10 coldest February’s on record and possibly in the top 5 for SW Montana and in the top 3 coldest February for Northern Montana.
NEXT WEATHER MAKER:
A new pacific storm is dropping down into the Pacific NW and Northern Rockies this evening and will bring increasing clouds, light snow and a little wind. This will hopefully keep our lows near zero to slightly below zero by Wednesday so not as cold tonight.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY:
The National Weather Service did issue a Winter Weather Advisory for the most of NW, Central and far Western counties of Montana including the Butte/Blackfoot region.
The combination of snow and wind along with bitter cold will bring areas of snow and blowing snow producing difficult travel conditions especially for mountain passes along the divide like: MacDonald Pass and Homestake Pass along with Georgetown Lake.
City by City Forecast:
BOZEMAN: LOW: 1°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 21°. Not as cold Tuesday evening with increasing clouds and areas of light snow into Wednesday. Patchy areas of blowing snow are possible.
BUTTE: LOW: 3°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 22°. Increasing clouds and not as cold tonight for Butte. Look for light steady snow after midnight into Wednesday with snow accumulations around 1″ – 3″. Locally windy at times with areas of blowing snow possible from MacDonald Pass to Georgetown Lake.
DILLON: LOW: 0°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 21°. Clouds will roll in later tonight and not as cold by Wednesday morning. There is a slight chance for a little snow in Dillon but a better chance for snow and blowing snow for Wisdom, Big Hole Pass and down toward Monida Pass.
WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: -5°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 18°. Not as cold tonight for West Yellowstone but still likely to fall slightly below zero. Look for increasing clouds with light snow possible by Wednesday morning. Look for areas of patchy blowing snow.