Cold and wet weather pattern continues

Posted: 1:10 PM, May 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-21 15:10:30-04

BUTTE – Cold and unsettled weather pattern is parked over Montana through at least the end of the week. The next Pacific Low will dive down into an upper-level trough and keep valley rain and mountain snow showers alive through the end of the week.

Snow is likely above 6,000′ tonight and Wednesday and most mountain passes could see minor accumulations of around 1″ – 3″ for Homestake Pass, Elk Park Pass and Georgetown Lake areas. Those passes that are a little higher in elevation like MacDonald Pass on US-12 could see 3″ – 5″ of snow over the next 24 hours.


The National Weather Service did issue a WINTER STORM WARNING for the backcountry in the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness areas tonight through Thursday morning.

Snow accumulations of a foot or more are possible for higher elevations.


The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for possible travel impacts above 6,000′ for central counties of Montana tonight through late Wednesday evening.

Snow accumulations above 6,000′ of 4″ – 8″ are possible and higher mountain peaks could see a foot or more of new snow.

City by City Forecast:

BOZEMAN: LOW: 34°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 45°. Mostly cloudy and cold tonight and Wednesday with scattered showers at times. Snow levels around 6,000′ with up to 3″ possible by morning. NE winds 10 to 20 mph.

BUTTE: LOW: 35°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 46°. Cloudy and cold tonight and Wednesday with a few rain or snow showers and gusty E-NE winds 10 to 20 mph.

DILLON: LOW: 34°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 47°. Mostly cloudy with scattered valley rain and snow above 6,000′ tonight and Wednesday. Cold E-NE winds are likely 10 to 20 mph.

WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 27°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 46°. More of the same for West Yellowstone. Mostly cloudy with scattered rain or snow at times tonight into Wednesday. Gusty NE winds 10 to 20 mph.